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Oh to Have a Library…

29 Mar

I keep on finding some books that I would love to add to my ever growing library… the first, mentioned to me when I first started talking about dyeing my own fabric was this one –

Linda Johansen’s Fabric Dyer’s Dictionary

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The next is me dreaming of studio space and a place to start surface designs on fabric – this was further fuelled when facing the need to add writing to my challenge quilt over here.  It’s a messy business, I believe, but one which is ever drawing me closer.

Printing By Hand:  A Modern Guide with Handmade Stamps, Stencils and Silk Screens by Lena Corwin

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Happy weekend,



Colour: How to Use Colour in Art and Design – Edith Anderson Feisner – Book Review

22 Mar

This book was bought some few years ago now, well before I even had the notion of quilting.  I took it out whilst doing the next London Modern Quilt Guild Challenge as the theme of a colour wheel, of sorts, began to emerge from the fog of deciding what to do.

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It is a very informative book, divided into five parts each chapter within these parts have follow up exercises to try further develop understanding. Take a look inside the book following the link above.

I look forward to delving into it more regularly, learning more on colour theory and how to use colour more adeptly in future quilts.

For now my London Underground piece is close to finishing.  Will posting photo’s soon.

‘Till then, have a great weekend.


Sue Bleiweiss

7 Mar

I often find quilt artist’s use of colour is what draws me to their work.  Sue Bleiweiss certainly is someone whose work I admire.  She has a book out called ‘The Sketchbook Challenge’

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If you want to find out more about her art she writes a great blog sharing her processes.

She also has a page of  free projects where she offers her knowledge in many different quilty things.

Worth dipping into…



Color By Accident Low Water Immersion Dyeing – Ann Johnston – Book Review

21 Feb

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I found this book first in the recommended reading list of Helen Deighan’s book Dyeing in Plastic Bags and took fancy to buying it to find out how Ann Johnston dyes her fabric.  Terri from quilternity has a sale on both Color By Accident and Ann Johnston’s other book Color By Design.  I bought both from her and was very pleased at receiving them across the atlantic promptly.  Thanks Terri:)

Color by Accident offers comprehensive information about low water immersion techniques Using Procion MX dyes with some photos and step by step exercises to practice getting different results with your hand dyeing.  She goes into details about the chemicals used, along with what fabric suits and the time and temperature needed for good results.  She also discusses colour and how to achieve these with Procion MX Dyes.

I like the logical approach of this book.  Now that I have tried primary and secondary colours a few times I’m interested in getting more texture,gradation of the same colour, less even results, over dyeing and mixing up the colours some more, this book looks like it will offer help in all of these areas.

Looking forward to experimenting and sharing the results.


In The Studio With Angela Walters – Book Review

10 Feb

I’ve been meaning to review Angela Walters’ new book, In The Studio, since it arrived in the post from my mum in January.

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I found Angela’s blog – quilting is my therapy some time last year and often dip into it to see what she is up to with her quilting.  She is described as a self-professed modern quilter and her ideas for quilting are interesting and inspiring.

Her book offers an insight into how she quilts for others, as well as ten quilt projects.  What I like about her quilting is that it often varies across a single quilt.  Each chapter discusses different quilting styles from – movement, layers/depth, adding details to the existing quilt pattern, stitching in the ditch, making your quilting take ‘center stage’, quilting for contrast, texture, and colour, and last but not least how to create a sense of scale with in your quilt.

The book is an in depth account of Angela’s quilt experience with easy to follow instructions to make up the ten quilts as well as try out her techniques.  I found the chapter on threads enlightening as I am still never sure what thread to quilt with.  There is so much choice out there.  Also with my bed quilt top almost finished I’m sprawling over her photos and techniques to be inspired.

It’s a good book discussing many different ways to enhance the quilting in your projects.  So, instead of it being in the background for all those practical reasons it comes forward to be enjoyed as an important and integral part of your quilt.

Thank you for stopping over,


Malka Dubrawsky

6 Feb

A stitch in Dye blogspot by Malka Dubrawsky offers a feast of colour for your eyes, it all looks so gorgeous!

Through her blog I found two of her books that sparked my interest.

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I’m still nutting out my triangular bed quilt – which is taking up lots of my head space.  Fitting all the triangles together is taking some working out.

I’ll post some photos soon.


Ann Johnston on Hand Dyeing and Surface Printing

21 Jan

Since starting a bit of my own hand dyeing Ann Johnston is definitely a name that seems to be popping up all over the place for me.

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The Quilter's Book of Design, 2nd Edition

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all books look good…

Some more to add to the library.


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