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
  • • May 7-12, 2023 | Let’s Mix It Up! Beyond the Primary Palette

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    Let’s Mix It Up! Beyond the Primary Palette
    • Level: Intermediate to advanced - some previous experience with Procion MX dyes required
    • Sewing machine:
    No
    • Materials fee:
    $60
    • Dye facility usage fee: $30

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class with Carol:
    • $1270 | paid in full before December 1, 2022 | 5-day Tuition ($975) & Meal plan ($295)
    • $1295 | paid in full before February 1, 2023 | 5-day Tuition ($1000) & Meal plan ($295)

    • Sign up for one or both weeks of Carol’s workshops.
    DESCRIPTION
    This is a brand new class!

    Although mixing with single hue primary colors gives the largest breadth of individual hues possible, interesting secondary dyes are also available - orange, violet, purple and gray that are single hues - NOT mixes - in the Procion line.

    What happens if they are used as part of a color family? How is the chromatic range affected?

    Each student will explore answers to those questions, dyeing a mini-family using the pure secondary colors and gray as part of color mixes, then sharing the resulting fabric with classmates.

    Everyone will emerge with a large color reference while learning an exciting way to generate more color ideas for their work.

    Students will bring selected color palettes from home to use in challenge assignments and will manipulate and transform these palettes in various ways, via the use of overdyes and additions of new parent colors.

    These fabrics will then be used in studies exploring the new color luminosities, juxtapositions, and relationships. The possibilities will explode!
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    SUPPLIES
    (Please label your own supplies)

    Fabric for color studies:
    • 5 yards white PFD fabric for further dye explorations (PFD - prepared for dyeing - fabric recommended. No need to pre-wash)

    • 1 yard each of five solid-colored fabrics, hand-dyed or commercial - More details will be sent regarding fabric choice six weeks ahead of the workshop.

    Cutting tools:
    • Small pair scissors for paper
    • Pair fine tip scissors for fabric
    • Rotary cutter (Bring a fresh straight blade as you will cut through numerous layers at once. The large 60mm cutters work the best for this.)
    • Rotary cutting mat (11” x 17” or larger if you can manage it)
    • Quilter’s plexiglas rulers (6” x 24” and 6” x 12”)

    Plastic Containers: (If you are flying, we will arrange to get these items for you as needed.)
    • 4 mixing pails, 2.5 quart
    • One plastic orange juice bottle (Simply Orange brand (or limeade, etc.) at least 1.5L)
    • One 5 gallon bucket (If you are driving)

    Office supplies:
    • Notebook for note taking and a pen
    • Two three-ring binders, one 1 1/2” thick and one 1/2” thick
    • 60 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 band on the margin.)
    • Scotch double sided tape - 1/2” wide (enough to total 50 yards of tape)
    • Masking tape
    • 30 short (6.5” x 3.5”) envelopes
    • Stapler plus extra staples
    • 20 rubber bands
    • Sharpie (permanent marker)
    • Calculator

    Other items:
    • Fusible web - Steam A Seam 2 or other repositionable web is easiest to use
    • 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)
    • 3 pointy top squeeze bottles, 8 oz. each
    • One large strong plastic spoon at least 12” long - straight, not bent, is better
    • One box of one gallon Ziploc bags
    • Dye mask, if you have one
    • Apron or old clothes


    Materials fee info:
    Carol will provide all dyes and chemicals necessary, as well as detailed handouts, printed swatch book pages, and fabric for the color samples. she will also 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
  • • May 14-19, 2023 | Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing

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    Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing
    • Level: Intermediate to advanced - some previous experience with Procion MX dyes required
    • Sewing machine: No
    • Materials fee:
    $70
    • Dye facility usage fee: $30

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class with Carol:
    • $1270 | paid in full before December 1, 2022 | 5-day Tuition ($975) & Meal plan ($295)
    • $1295 | paid in full before February 1, 2023 | 5-day Tuition ($1000) & Meal plan ($295)

    • Sign up for one or both weeks of Carol’s workshops.
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    DESCRIPTION
    In this workshop we will be delving into the relationship between color and light. As David Hornung says in his text Colour,
    “The relationship between color and light is one of the most powerful aspects of two dimensional art. Light itself has a mysterious psychological effect. To see light appear to emanate from within a group of colors is an arresting visual experience.”

    Of course, as artists in cloth, we want to translate these ideas to fabric, creating cloth that can convey pure, glowing color, that appears luminous when used, and creating partnered hues that are less glowing, less luminous, ready to be used as contrast in compositions.

    To this end, students will learn
    three methods of creating flat/glowing pairs in hand-dyed cloth with Procion MX dyes, using color recipes provided as well as color inspiration they bring from personal inspiration files such as paint chips, photographs, and swatches.

    In addition, we will learn
    four ways to create solid or nearly solid fabrics - two using low water immersion techniques and two using machines. To this end, Carol will bring tabletop machines for student use, and will discuss the methods of using larger machines for solid color dyeing. Students will dye up to one yard cuts of fabric pairs, testing the various methods presented.

    Swapping and sharing of color recipes and samples will follow, so that students will emerge with a notebook of flat/glowing pairs and how to achieve them in their own studio practice, as well as yards of paired flat/glowing cloth.
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    SUPPLIES
    (Please label your own supplies)

    Fabric:
    • 10-12 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.)
    • 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
    • 40 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 band on the margin.)
    • Scotch double sided tape - 1/2” wide (enough to total 30 yards of tape)
    • Masking tape
    • Stapler plus extra staples
    • 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 (60mm) cutters work the best for this. The 45mm cutters can work but you must have arm strength.)
    • Rotary cutting mat (11” x 17” or larger)
    • Quilter’s plexiglas rulers (6” x 12” is suggested size. Must be at least 12” long)
    • Optional: June Tailor Shape Cut ruler - the size with slots at least 11” long (Sign up for JoAnn’s newsletters and they will send you 40% off coupons. The 60mm cutter works best with this because of the number of layers we will 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.)
    • Several plastic cups for dye mixing - 16 oz. cups or large yogurt containers
    • Plastic picnic spoons - 5-10 spoons
    • One plastic orange juice bottle - 1.79L Simply Orange brand (or limeade, etc.)
    • Three 6 or 8 oz. pointy top bottles - these will hold your dye supply at your table
    • Flat piece of plexiglass - 1/8” thick by 11” x 14” or 12” x 12” (available at home centers or local glass shops)

    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, and one old towel for wiping spills (if you are driving)
    • 3 large buckets - 3-5 gallons (if you are driving)
    • One large strong plastic spoon at least 12” long - straight, not bent, is better
    • One box of one gallon Ziploc bags
    • Apron or old clothes
    • Graduated cylinders - if you have some from previous classes, bring your 50ml, 100ml and 250ml cylinders. Carol will bring extra cylinders to share.
    • Optional: Tabletop washing machine - Carol will bring one machine for demonstration. However, if you are driving and want to bring your own, feel free.



    Materials fee info:
    Carol will provide all dyes and chemicals necessary, as well as detailed handouts, printed swatch book pages, and fabric for the color samples. she will also 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

  • • 2023 Spring Art Retreats | Tuition and Meal Plan
    Tuition & Meal plan for 1-week class with Carol Soderlund:
    • Sign up for one or both weeks of Carol’s workshops.
    • $1270 | paid in full before December 1, 2022 | 5-day Tuition ($975) & Meal plan ($295)
    • $1295 | paid in full before February 1, 2023 | 5-day Tuition ($1000) & Meal plan ($295)
    + $90 materials & dye facility usage fee for Let’s Mix It Up! Beyond the Primary Palette
    + $100 materials & dye facility usage fee for Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing

    Tuition & Meal plan for 2-week classes with Nancy Crow:

    Both weeks (10-day class) of these workshops are to be taken back-to-back. No registrations accepted for only one week.
    • $2540 | paid in full before December 1, 2022 | 10-day Tuition ($1950) & Meal plan ($590)
    • $2590 | paid in full before February 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($2000) & Meal plan ($590)

    Tuition & Meal plan for 2-week class with David Hornung:
    Both weeks (10-day class) of this workshop are to be taken back-to-back. No registrations accepted for only one week.
    • $2540 | paid in full before December 1, 2022 | 10-day Tuition ($1950) & Meal plan ($590)
    • $2590 | paid in full before February 1, 2023 | 10-day Tuition ($2000) & Meal plan ($590)
    + $60 room usage fee



    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:

    New hotel Hampton Inn, Canal Winchester, Ohio (20-25 minute drive to Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    This new, highly rated, clean, comfortable hotel is offering reduced rates. Phone: 614-953-2204
    • For special rate, please book online

    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
    If booking online, please use the corporate ID code: 786931270

    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