I tried a different approach to dyeing this week, using three primary colours plus black, jars as well as plastic bags – these fabrics have all been dyed with the low-water immersion technique. I found Ann Johnston’s book ‘color by accident‘ fantastic inspiration and got some surprising and mixed results.
This is such a messy, wet and fun process.
I’ve got one more batch still to come, then it’s time to talk what to do with all these fab colours. And perhaps begin to explore some surface design techniques too.
- Shibori Dyeing (upanddyed.wordpress.com)
- Dyeing (recovergirl.wordpress.com)
- Dye Application and the Mystery of Batching (upanddyed.wordpress.com)
- Dyeing: Testing old dyes (fibercrush.wordpress.com)
Photo Courtesy of Amazon.co.uk
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.