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Textile Center Dye Lab is a state-of-the-art facility available for rent by members and used extensively in our classes and youth programs. Designed 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.


Rental Requirements

You must be a member, and complete the Dye Lab training prior to rental of the Dye Lab! Become a member, and check our class schedule for upcoming dates.

Individual Rental Rates

Full Day / 9 am – 5 pm

Individual / First Person (Renter) $80 member price

Additional people: $10 each

Half Day / 9 am – 12 noon or 1 – 4 pm

Individual / First Person (Renter) $40 member price

Additional people: $10 each

Guild / Group Workshop Rates

Instructor must have approved Dye Lab training, and the guild / group must be a member of Textile Center. Reservations are not final until payment is received.

Full Day / 9 am – 5 pm

$200 flat rate

Half Day / 9 am – 12 noon or 1 – 4 pm

$100 flat rate

Additional Equipment

Use of large 40-gallon dye vat: $25 for members. Training required.

Use of steam closet: $25 for members. Training required.

Key Card deposit: $25. Training required.


To rent the dye lab and/or adjacent classroom, please call 612-436-0464 or email Sharon to check available dates.



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
  • Towels
  • Washers, dryer
  • Ironing boards, irons
  • Two 14 inch gas burners
  • 4 large sinks
  • Hot plates, blender, microwaves
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Reusable drop cloths & tarps, rolled paper table cover
  • Chemicals: soda ash, salt, citric acid, synthrapol, vinegar
  • Gloves & 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.