Peggy Doney has always been fascinated with color since her first box of crayons. After 20 years of homeschooling, she wondered what to do with all of the left-over chemistry equipment. The answer came after taking a spinning class with a neighbor. Now she enjoys spinning, knitting, silk fusion, and dyeing. For many years, she has been discovering color recipes using triad, gradient, and value studies. These studies allow exploration in hue as well as value and support Peggy’s special interest in making accurate recipes that are starting points for matching colors in nature. The yarns Peggy creates celebrate the texture and luster of a wide variety of natural and synthetic fibers and gives a medium to combine those textures with the color she loves. Peggy’s skill with the dye pot led her into the Treenway Silks team as one of their regular dyers.
If there is anything that Peggy enjoys as much as creating with fiber and color it’s sharing that passion with others. From an annual fiber arts gathering in her back yard to teaching workshops for guilds and at festivals like the Taos Wool Festival to one-on-one sharing, Peggy likes to pass on her excitement for fiber and color.
Peggy knows all the dyeing jokes, has lots of dye pots, and now uses her big box of crayons as a reference material. She makes her home in Colorado Springs with her fiber-enabler husband, Jeff, and two white undyed dogs.
A Dyeing Adventure with Peggy Doney of The 100th Sheep
8:30 AM- 3:30 PM (one hour lunch break)
Class Fee $100
Materials Fee $25
Skill Level – All
Embark on an adventure learning about dyeing on fingering weight skeins and/ or fibers. Mix dye stock and blend together, creating unique yarns to be turned into your own pieces of wearable art. Three skeins ( 3.5 – 4 ounces) or 3 balls of four ounces of fiber will be provided. Painting, steaming, and washing will be covered. There will be extra skeins, fiber, and sock blanks for purchase if you wish to explore more.
Fiber content of skeins:
Superwash Targhee/ Nylon 90/10
Superwash Merino/ Bamboo/ Nylon 60/30/10
Superwash Merino (19.5 micron)/ Nylon 80/20
Superwash Merino (21.5 micron)
Extras: Sock Blank 4 ounces Superwash Merino/ Nylon 80/20, ~435 yards ($10.75 each)
Superwash Merino/ Silk skein 80/20 ($8.25 each)
Students should wear old clothing, closed toe shoes (please no sandals) and bring a pen or pencil to write on notes provided. Please bring an old apron to protect yourself from dye splatters. A plastic trash bag can be turned into an inexpensive apron.