Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops
Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops
Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops
Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops
Carol Soderlund fabric dyeing workshops

Carol Soderlund

An artist and educator for 25+ years, Carol’s curiosity about the range of color derived from blending yellow, red, and blue dyes led to the creation of her Color Mixing system for dyers. Carol encourages the freedom of mixing color by eye with results-based samples to guide the student, and also teaches simple methods for reproducing color on cloth. 

A former high school teacher, Carol loves to develop original course material and share this knowledge with her students. Carol was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2013 and again in 2015 by the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals.  

Carol is co-author of
Playful Fabric Printing with Melanie Testa. She has shown her quilts in juried venues across the country, winning awards including Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.

Carol’s web site
  • • October 18-23, 2020 | Color Mixing for Dyers 3

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    Color Mixing for Dyers 3
    • Level: Beginner to advanced (Previous experience with Procion MX dyes a plus, but not required)
    • Zig zag sewing machine: No
    • Materials fee:
    $60
    • Dye facility usage fee: $30

    SORRY, class is full To be placed on waiting list, please send in registration & deposit. If space does not become available, a full refund will be issued.

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class with Carol:
    • Early | paid in full before April 1, 2020 | 5-day Tuition ($800) & Meal plan ($265) = $1065
    • Regular | paid in full before June 1, 2020 | 5-day Tuition ($825) & Meal plan ($265) = $1090
    DESCRIPTION
    This brand new class contains 3 new color families leading to ALL NEW clear, brilliant and earthy color ways totally distinct from the earlier classes titled Color Mixing for Dyers 1 & 2.

    Students will be creating new color families not previously dyed in Carol’s classes. This is a THIRD set of families, and we will be using some different yellow, red, and blue dyes as primaries than in previous classes. If you have been wanting a new set of samples, but would rather do the work cooperatively with classmates, this is your opportunity!

    Dye the color you choose, not the color that chooses you! Explore the unlimited number of hues possible by mixing only pure reds, yellows, and blues of Procion MX fiber reactive dye. Teams of students will use different sets of primaries that when mixed will yield hundreds of colors in a wide range of values. Sharing the results, each student will build a sample book of more than 1,000 dye swatches and their recipes on 100% cotton fabric. This book will become an invaluable reference for future dyeing. Using the sample book as a guide, each student will apply the basic techniques of dyeing, including dyeing value gradations, over-dyeing, and low water immersion techniques.

    Along with this hands-on approach, students will come to understand color theory in three-dimensional model that goes beyond the color wheel. We will examine the difference between color theory and color reality, and break through the confusions of so many color systems that are not dye-based. This course will be a wonderful foundation for wearable artists, quilters, needleworkers, weavers, and dyers of cellulose fibers and silk, or for anyone who wants to learn more about the interactions of color.
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    SUPPLIES
    (Please label your own supplies)

    Fabric:
    • 5 yards fabric for further dye explorations (PFD - prepared for dyeing - fabric recommended. In addition to cotton, you may bring some silk, rayon, linen or tencel if you like to work in these fibers. Note to weavers: It is fine if you would like to bring some skeined yarns for dyeing: cotton, linen, rayon, tencel, or silk.)

    • Optional: samples of your dyed fabric and/or photos of your work

    Office supplies:
    • Notebook for note taking and a pen
    • Two three-ring binders, one 1 1/2” thick and one 1/2” thick
    • 100 CLEAR page protectors (Buy in bulk at office supply store: do not buy those that have holes through the main section of the page protector. You want the ones with holes through the a band on the margin.)
    • Scotch double sided tape 1/2” wide (enough to total 100 yards of tape)
    • Masking tape
    • 30 long (#10) envelopes
    • Stapler plus extra staples
    • 20 rubber bands
    • Sharpie (permanent marker)
    • Calculator

    Cutting tools:
    • Small pair scissors for paper and one for fabric
    • Rotary cutter (bring a fresh straight blade as you will cut through numerous layers at once. The large (60 mm) cutters work the best for this. The 45 mm cutters can work but you must have arm strength.)
    • Rotary cutting mat (11” x 17” or larger if you can manage it)
    • Quilter’s plexiglas rulers (6” x 24” and 6” x 12”)
    • Optional: June Tailor Shape Cut ruler - the large size. The slots must be at least 11”” long. (This is particularly good for weavers and those inexperienced in rotary cutting. Sign up for JoAnn’s newsletters and they will send you 40% off coupons.)

    Other items:
    • Iron and ironing pad, or old terry towel (if you are driving)
    • Adhesive lint roller from the dollar store
    • Rubber gloves - both the loose dishwashing kind that extend up the arm, and the close-fitting latex or nitrile kind
    • One roll paper towels, and one old towel for wiping spills (if you are driving)
    • 3 pointy top squeeze bottles, 8 oz. each
    • Two 5 gallon buckets (if you are driving)
    • One large strong plastic spoon at least 12” long - straight, not bent, is better
    • One box one gallon Ziploc bags
    • Dye mask, if you have one
    • Apron or old clothes

    Plastic Containers: (If you are flying, we will arrange to get these items for you as needed.)
    • 15 plastic party cups (8 oz. or larger) and 10 plastic picnic spoons
    • One plastic orange juice bottle (Simply Orange brand (or limeade, etc. ) at least 1.5L)
    • One gallon milk jug (Rinse all jugs, and be sure to keep the caps!)


    Materials fee info:
    Carol will provide all the dyes and chemicals necessary, as well as over 100 pages of handouts and swatch book pages, and all the fabric necessary for the sample book. Carol will bring a variety of other equipment to use in class.

    If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please
    contact Carol
  • • October 25-30, 2020 | Neutral Territory: 50 Shades of Gray

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    Neutral Territory: 50 Shades of Gray
    • Level: Intermediate to advanced (Some previous experience with Procion MX dye required)
    • Zig zag sewing machine: No
    • Materials fee:
    $50
    • Dye facility usage fee: $30

    SORRY, class is full To be placed on waiting list, please send in registration & deposit. If space does not become available, a full refund will be issued.

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class with Carol:
    • Early | paid in full before April 1, 2020 | 5-day Tuition ($800) & Meal plan ($265) = $1065
    • Regular | paid in full before June 1, 2020 | 5-day Tuition ($825) & Meal plan ($265) = $1090
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    DESCRIPTION
    Learn about making your own black mixes from the pure primary dyes. We will create the ever elusive
    • Neutral blacks, that gradate to neutral grays
    • Warm blacks, that gradate to pinky lavender
    • Cool blacks, that gradate to steely blue
    • Grunge blacks, that gradate to greenish hues

    In addition the class will cover creation of many neutral studies--tans, browns, gray-blues, gray-reds, and other chromatic grays. Think of the palest alabaster to inky night sky--all values ranges will be examined. Taupes and tans can be fascinating as well - ecru, heath, titanium, putty, and driftwood. Sharing our results, we will compile a large reference book - our own
    50 Shades of Gray will just be the beginning of our explorations in Neutral Territory, as we cross into 50 Shades of Brown as well.

    From shibori to screen printing, neutrals pose their own unique dye challenges and opportunities. We will examine the particular tricks and tips for dyeing neutrals when using full and low water immersion dye applications.

    As time allows, interested students may also pursue discharge studies. When the subtleties and color shifts of discharge are added to the mix, possibilities explode!

    Consideration of the evocative nature of neutral color, and ideas of combining neutrals with punchy colors will be discussed. From subtle atmosphere to dramatic moodiness, the range of expressiveness with neutrals is limitless.
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    SUPPLIES
    (Please label your own supplies)

    Fabric:
    • 5 yards fabric for further dye explorations (PFD - prepared for dyeing - fabric recommended. In addition to cotton, you may bring some silk, rayon, linen or tencel if you like to work in these fibers. Note to weavers: It is fine if you would like to bring some skeined yarns for dyeing: cotton, linen, rayon, tencel, or silk.)
    • Optional: samples of your dyed fabric and/or photos of your work

    Office supplies:
    • Notebook for note taking and a pen
    • Pencil with a working eraser or a separate eraser
    • Three-ring binder (one 1” thick)
    • 100 CLEAR page protectors (Buy in bulk at office supply store - do not buy those that have holes through the main section of the page protector. You want the ones with holes through the a band on the margin.)
    • Scotch double sided tape 1/2” wide (enough to total 50 yards of tape)
    • Masking tape
    • Stapler plus extra staples
    • 20 rubber bands
    • Sharpie (permanent marker)
    • Calculator

    Cutting tools:

    • Small pair scissors for paper and one for fabric
    • Rotary cutter (Bring a fresh straight blade as you will cut through numerous layers at once. The large (60 mm) cutters work the best for this. The 45 mm cutters can work but you must have arm strength.)
    • Rotary cutting mat (11” x 17” or larger)
    • Quilter’s plexiglas ruler (6” x 12” is suggested size. Must be at least 12” long)
    • Optional: June Tailor Shape Cut ruler - the large size (This is particularly good for weavers and those inexperienced in rotary cutting. Sign up for JoAnn’s newsletters and they will send you 40% off coupons. The Shape Cut Ruler WILL NOT WORK for this class unless you have the 60 mm cutter, because of the number of layers we cut.)

    Plastic items: If you are flying, the cups and orange juice bottle can be obtained at the grocery store after arriving. Check with Carol first, because she may try to bring extras
    • 15 plastic party cups (16 oz. clear cups are nice, but the red Solo cups are fine) and 10 plastic picnic spoons
    • One plastic juice bottle at least 1.5 L in size (Simply Orange, Pure Tea brands work best.)
    • Three 6 or 8 oz. squirt bottles (These will hold your dye supply at your table)
    • 2 plastic coat hangers
    • 4-6 clothespins - clean with no dye on them

    Other items:
    • Straight pins for use on design wall
    • Iron and ironing pad, or old terry towel (if you are driving)
    • Adhesive lint roller from the dollar store
    • Rubber gloves (both the loose dishwashing kind that extend up the arm, and the close-fitting latex or nitrile kind)
    • One roll paper towels (if you are driving)
    • Two large buckets – 3-5 gallons (if you are driving)
    • One box of 1 gallon Ziploc bags
    • Acid gas respirator if you are interested in discharge work
    • Apron or old clothes
    • Graduated cylinders (if you have some from previous classes, bring your 10, 50, and 100 ml cylinders. Carol will bring extra cylinders to share.)

    Materials fee:
    The materials fee covers all the dyes and necessary chemicals, handouts and swatchbook pages, and all the fabric necessary for the sample book. Carol will bring a variety of other equipment to use in class.

    If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please
    contact Carol

  • • 2020 Fall Art Retreats | Tuition and Meal Plan
    Tuition & Meal plan for 2-week class with Claire Benn: (Note: Only 14 students accepted so that each participant will have their own work table for wet work)
    Both weeks (10-day class) of this special workshop are to be taken back-to-back. No registrations accepted for only one week.
    • Early | paid in full before April 1, 2020 | 10-day Tuition ($2300) & Meal plan ($530) = $2830
    • Regular | paid in full before June 1, 2020 | 10-day Tuition ($2350) & Meal plan ($530) = $2880

    Tuition & Meal plan for 2-week classes with Nancy Crow:
    Both weeks (10-day class) of these special workshops are to be taken back-to-back. No registrations accepted for only one week.
    • Early | paid in full before April 1, 2020 | 10-day Tuition ($1600) & Meal plan ($530) = $2130
    • Regular | paid in full before June 1, 2020 | 10-day Tuition ($1650) & Meal plan ($530) = $2180

    Tuition & Meal plan for 1-week classes with Carol Soderlund:
    • Sign up for one or both weeks of Carol’s workshops.
    • Early | paid in full before April 1, 2020 | 5-day Tuition ($800) & Meal plan ($265) = $1065
    • Regular | paid in full before June 1, 2020 | 5-day Tuition ($825) & Meal plan ($265) = $1090

    • Note: Some of the workshops have an additional fee for materials & facility usage. Each class description indicates whether there is an additional fee. Material/facility fees are due with the final payment.

    Meal plan
    During the art retreats, Margaret Wolf, will prepare fabulous gourmet lunches and dinners plus a coffee/snack break daily during each week of class. The meal plan is provided so participants may concentrate fully on their work without being bothered by the interruption and inconvenience of cooking for themselves. The break times present a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students, share ideas, and just relax together in this wonderful environment.

    The meal plan includes an opening night welcome dinner, five lunches, five afternoon coffee/pastry breaks, and four more dinners during the duration of the workshop. Coffee, tea and water will be served during these break times. Participants are responsible for any other beverage choices, such as soda pop, beer, wine, milk or bottled water.

    Please keep in mind that if anyone chooses not to participate in the meal plan, they are solely responsible for all of their meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and other beverages. The kitchen facilities are reserved for the resident chef. There is a microwave and a refrigerator in the wet studio for student use. Most restaurants are at least a 20 minute drive away from the barn.

    Please note: Due to facility limitations, meal plans are available only for workshop participants.
  • • Accommodations
    Recommended accommodations & offering special rates:

    Hampton Inn, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    This clean, comfortable hotel is offering reduced rates. Please ask for "Nancy Crow Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-864-8383 or book online

    Best Western, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    All suites hotel with separate living area and bedroom. Offers complimentary full hot breakfast, free wifi, heated indoor pool, exercise room, & business center. Call 614-860-9804 to book and ask for “Nancy Crow Workshop” special rate.

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Reynoldsburg (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    Please ask for "Crow Barn Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-861-8888 or Email the manager

    The Morgan Theater Home, Baltimore, Ohio (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn, mention Crow Barn)
    Former silent movie theater converted into a private residence. Three rooms for rent include free cable TV & free high speed internet access. Kitchen/refrigerator/stove & all "kitchen stuff" available. Phone: 740-862-4765 or Email

    Rosabella B & B, Millersport, Ohio (10 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn; mention Crow Barn)
    Beautifully restored 1850s Italianate farmhouse is surrounded by farm fields. Breakfast included. The grounds include a wrap-around porch, hammock, patio, pool, hot tub, and fire pit. Phone: 740-467-3580

    Other accommodations, please negotiate your own weekly rates:

    AirBnB options in the area near the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    City of Lancaster, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Hampton Inn, 740-654-2999, clean and quiet
    City of Reynoldsburg, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Fairfield Inn, 614-864-4555

    Campgrounds near the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    Rippling Stream Campground, Baltimore, OH, 740-862-6065, (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    KOA Campground, Buckeye Lake, OH, 740-928-0706, (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
  • • Miscellaneous information
    Roommate
    • Please let us know if you would like a roommate. We will try to match you with another participant to share accommodations.

    Travel to and from the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • The Barn is located near Baltimore, Ohio (southeast of Columbus, Ohio)
    • Please keep in mind that there is not a shuttle service to and from the motels to the farm, therefore please arrange a rental car or carpool with another participant.
    John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Columbus, Ohio, is the major airport serving the area (30 minute drive to the Barn)

    Rental sewing machines, cutting mats & lamps
    • Bernina sewing machines are available for $75 per 5-day class or $150 per 10-day class.
    • Cutting mats are available for $15 per 5-day class or $30 per 10-day class.
    • Lamps are available for $15 per 5-day class or $30 per 10-day class.

    Formal class hours
    • Monday-Friday: 9-12 and 2-5 daily
    (Classrooms are open 7 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 7 am-5 pm Friday)

    Professional facilities
    Each student is provided with a large work table, an 8’ x 8’ work wall, and a comfortable chair. Classrooms are well illuminated and are open from early morning until late in the evening, plus the classrooms have air conditioning & heating. The surface design/dye studio at the Crow Timber Frame Barn includes large padded tables, lots of light (natural and color-corrected bulbs), 3 commercial stainless steel sinks, & washer/dryer. All facilities are non-smoking.

    Mailing list
    If you would like to be placed on a mailing list for information about upcoming art retreats, please send your contact info.

    Questions? Email
Images of Carol Soderlund, student work and classes at the Crow Timber Frame Barn