True Color: Exploring Dye Patterns in Braids with Jillian Moreno

True Color: Exploring Dye Patterns in Braids with Jillian Moreno

Speckled, striped, dyed in a repeating pattern, or dyed in no pattern at all, painted braids come in a huge variety of styles. It’s hard to know what your yarn will look like when spinning a particular pattern of braid. In this class we will explore several popular dye patterns so you’ll have a better idea of what your yarn will look like no matter the braid you spin.


We’ll first look at braids, unchain them, and investigate how the dye has been applied to the fiber. Pattern? No pattern? Lots of white spots? Something else?  How much of a pattern can you see when buying a braid?


Then you’ll spin several pattern types to see exactly the outcome a particular dye style has on your yarn. There will be lots of samples on hand to see each dye style from fiber, to yarn, to knitted swatch.


Don’t really like the dye pattern in your braid? That’s an easy fix! We’ll explore manipulating the colors in our braids to play with switching up the patterning.


You’ll leave this class ready to tackle your braid stash  (or add to it) with color confidence.


This is an intermediate class. Spinners must be comfortable spinning singles on a spinning wheel or spindle.



Class will be held in Building 1 (Classroom Building)

Classroom area # 1

Saturday May 9 from 9am-12pm

Please arrive at Class Check-In (at the entrance to the Class Building) at least 10 minutes early to receive your Nametag and find your class area.



Please bring: A wheel in good working order, at least four bobbins, a lazy kate, a niddy noddy, tags to mark samples and pen and paper to take notes.


The Materials Fee for this class is $25.00 which includes a variety of fibers and preparations including fibers dyed by independent dyers. Students receive enough fiber for class and to practice skills at home after the class. Materials fees need to be paid at the beginning of class to the instructor via cash or check.


  • Cancellation and Refund Policy

    In the unfortunate event you need to cancel your registration, please contact the Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair team at or by calling 385.429.3201.


    Please note: after March 10, 2020, we will refund 50% of the class fee, and after April 10, 2020, refunds are no longer available.


    Transfers will be approved on an individual basis.

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