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Dyeing to Know


Nancy Parcels, Rustburg, VA

Dates:  1 day – Thursday, August 17, 2017
Time:  2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $125.00 / Sauder Village Members $115.00  
Supply Fee: $20.00 - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Founder's Hall - Kitchen

Tie Dye Wool by Nancy Z. ParcelsIn this dye demonstration we will explore several aspects of dyeing wools. We will start by covering dyeing equipment and dyeing safety. There will be several methods of “dyeing without dye” demonstrated such as Nancy’s favorite “color plan in a pot.” We will also marbleize some woolens together --- the results are always different and wonderful. We will be discussing use of commercial dyes and dye delicious wools with several different techniques including abrashing and spot dying. Nancy is known for her “Tips and Tricks” and will share many of them with you during our dye pot adventures.

Dyeing-Wool-Nancy-Z-ParcelsThis class will also cover how to dye and use recycled or found woolens, for those of you who still like the “Thrill of the Hunt” and shop at thrift stores. There should be ample time in class for your dye questions and dilemmas. So, if you are a first time dyer or someone who knows their way around a dyers kitchen please join us for a day of fun playing in the dye pots. Wear comfortable attire and bring an apron, as you might be asked to help.

Teacher will contact students prior to class: No.

Level:  Everyone welcome, no prior dyeing knowledge or experience required.  

Supply/Kit description:  Notebook with the information and instructions covered in class. Samples of wool from each of the dye methods. 

Students Need to Bring:  Pen and paper for notes. Optional: apron.


Hooked-Rug-Diamond-Rug-Hooked-Art-Nancy-Z-ParcelsNancy Z. Parcels began her hooking career in 1999 and worked on her own for the first two years. Meeting her Mentor, Yvonne Miller, opened many doors into the rug hooking world.

Nancy became a McGown accredited teacher in 2007. Her rugs have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs on 5 different occasions and she frequently writes articles for Rug Hooking Magazine. Several of her rugs have been chosen at State Fairs, juried art shows, and the Pennsylvania State Museum. She travels and teaches at camps and rug schools, and regularly teaches and color plans from her Rustburg, Virginia home.

Nancy is quite comfortable around the dye pot and enjoys the dyeing process as much as the hooking process.

Specialties:  Making students feel at ease in the dye kitchen so you have a willingness and desire to go home and give it a try.    

BIO:  Susan L. Feller designs patterns for Ruckman Mill Farm and is a juried Fine Craftsman at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia. Included in three Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs issues and a judge, her work has been juried into several contemporary Hooked Art collections. Author of Design Basics for Rug Hookers, Stackpole Books 2011 her advice has helped many create their own “Great rug.” Her blog provides lessons on process along with product.


Involved in promoting the traditions carried on by artistic contemporaries, Susan teaches and lectures worldwide, and is a member of TIGHR, McGown and Surface Design.


SPECIALTIES:  Rug pattern designing and fiber manipulating techniques including hooked, punched, needle felted, and dimensional collage, and picture framer.