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The Dye Lab is now open for rental bookings. Your membership and dye lab training needs to be current to rent. 

Textile Center Dye Lab is a state-of-the-art facility available for rent by Textile Center members ONLY, and is used extensively in our classes and youth programs. Designed for use by fiber art professionals and practitioners to be a functional and safe place to work with dyes and related chemicals, it is equipped for almost any dye or surface design project. Space is suited to groups no larger than 8 people, depending on the extent of the activity. To rent the dye lab and discuss any questions or exceptions, contact Tracy Krumm, tkrumm@textilecentermn.org, or call 612-436-0464.

As of July 5, 2022, you must be vaccinated to use the Dye Lab.  Please click HERE to upload your proof of vaccination, before your rental request can be approved.

Since an understanding of dye and pigment chemistry is necessary, as is the safe handling of chemicals used–and proper clean up–all dye lab users must take a dye lab training in order to use the facility.  In addition, the primary renter for any group rental must have taken (or taught) at least one 3-hour class related to the type of work they intend to do during their rental.

The intentions of the facility are to provide work space for member artists and makers, and to provide a space for our member guilds and special interest groups to gather in community to learn and grow together in their skills in dyeing and surface design. Rentals of the facility for the purposes of teaching income-generating classes for individuals and groups that are not member guilds of Textile Center are not allowed. If you are interested in learning about surface design and textile dyeing, check out our list of upcoming classes by clicking HERE. (Class offerings that utilize the dye lab will increase now that the lab is reopening.) Please check with Tracy Krumm if you have questions and to discuss options for your needs.

If you have not used the dye lab or taken the training in the past 3 years (since June 2019), you will be required to retake the training before your rental.  Dye lab trainings are members $20 for participation, and the trainings are scheduled monthly.  See the list of upcoming classes for dates and times: CLASSES.  Program staff can check on your prior class participation and approve any relational competencies or exceptions, as needed.

DOWNLOAD and PRINT the Dye Lab Rental Agreement HERE.

Exceptions to any of these guidelines can be approved by Tracy Krumm, Director for Artistic Advancement (tkrumm@textilecentermn.org). Please contact her with any questions.

Rental Requirements

You must be a member, and complete the Dye Lab training prior to rental of the Dye Lab! You must also currently, as of July 5, 2022, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to use the facility. Become a member, and check our class schedule for upcoming training dates. Upload your proof of vaccination HERE.

Individual Rental Rates

Full Day / 9 am – 5 pm; 8 hours

Individual / First Person (Renter) $120 member price

Additional people: $30 each

Half Day / 4 hours

Individual / First Person (Renter) $75 member price

Additional people: $20 each

Guild / Group Rates

Instructor must have approved Dye Lab training, and the guild / group must be a member of Textile Center. All renters and group participants are expected to know how to conduct themselves safely on the premises, and know how to handle materials properly.  Reservations are not final until payment in full is received.

Full Day / 9 am – 5 pm; 8 hours

$250 flat rate, for up to 8 participant artists

Half Day / 4 hours

$180 flat rate, for up to 8 participant artists

Additional Equipment

Use of large 40-gallon dye vat: $35 for members. Training required.

Use of steam closet: $35 for members. Training required.

Key Card deposit: $35. Training required.

Cleaning Fee, if not left in excellent condition after rental: $150, minimum

To rent the dye lab and/or adjacent classroom (this is an additional fee), please email tkrumm@textilecentermn.org to check available dates and to secure a contract.

Tools and Equipment in the Dye Lab

Safety Equipment

  • Four, independently-controlled ventilation hoods at work stations
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Eye wash station
  • Easy to clean stainless steel and laminate countertops
  • Gas shutoff valves

Use of the following items and equipment are included in your rental fee:

  • Small and large containers and buckets
  • Spoons and measuring cups, stirring tools, scales
  • Pots and pans of all sizes
  • Towels
  • Washer and dryer
  • Ironing boards, irons
  • Two 14 inch gas burners
  • 4 large sinks
  • Hot plates, blender, microwaves
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Reusable drop cloths & tarps
  • Chemicals: soda ash, salt, citric acid, synthrapol, vinegar
  • Gloves and Masks (we recommend that you bring your own reusable ones)
  • Large raised work table and tall stools

The following items are not included in your rental fee:

  • Dyes and chemicals (except those 5 mentioned above).
  • Fabric or other materials to be dyed

Small amounts of dyes and chemicals are available in the Textile Center Shop for purchase.