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Color or colour, fabric stashes and book club!

Oh no, I’ve joined a book club to read and learn hands-on about colour! Normally something that would not cause a negative reaction. But, the first thing we are told to do is cut the 150 color card swatches included with the book: The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color : A Hands-On Workbook for Mastering Fabric Selection

Rache Hauser cover
The Quilter’s Field Guide to Color : A Hands-On Workbook for Mastering Fabric Selection by Rachel Hauser.

Why do we need to cut up a perfectly new book? It goes against everything I believe! I work in a library, I’m a library technician! I can’t possibly cut up pages!

Rachel Hauser Table of Contents

Cutting up a perfectly fine book (I know I must!) notwithstanding, I am excited to be participating with a small and enthusiastic group of quilters on this project. We are a mixed bunch – some have been quilting for many years and others fairly recently. Some have an art background and many others don’t. I know we will all learn a lot from each other and this experience whether we do or don’t have an art background.

Rachel Hauser. About

I have a good size collection of fabrics in my stash. Will it suffice for this project without purchasing? I hope so, as I do want to use the colours I have collected without adding any more. My aim is a deficit, not surplus.

Fabric Stash in closet of doris lovadina-lee canadian textile artist

The first cut is always the most difficult!

Parfait dyeing

In the book Color by accident by Ann Johnston, she describes a process of layering fabric and dyes to create gradations of colour. Instead of using 3 separate pieces of fabric, I folded a one and a half metre length of cotton.

parfait-khaki

The result is on piece with three colours and more. Unexpected and unusual colour combinations occur. I never plan my dyeing sessions scientifically and don’t expect to recreate the same design again.

parfait-blue

I like the spontaneity of combining leftover dyes and seeing the results.

parfait-mauve

I am still ironing the rest of the cotton fabric that I dyed. More photos will be coming soon, if the ironing fairy comes to visit!

 

Fabric dyeing, Indigo and Shibori books

There are many books on fabric dyeing. I’ve listed a few of the titles that I’ve used. This is not an exhaustive list, just a few that I either own or have read and enjoyed.

Fabric to dye for by Frieda Anderson
Fabric to dye for by Frieda Anderson

Modern Color by Kim Eichler-Messmer book cover
Modern Color: an Illustrated guide to dyeing fabric for modern quilts by Kim Eichler-Messmer

Indigo: dye it, make it by Nicola Gouldsmith
Indigo: dye it, make it by Nicola Gouldsmith

Shibori for Textile Artists by Janice Gunner
Shibori for textile artists by Janice Gunner

Color by accident by Ann Johnston
Color by accident by Ann Johnston

Tie Dip Dye by Pepa Martin and Karen Davis
Tie Dip Dye by Pepa Martin and Karen Davis

Handbook of Indigo Dyeing by Vivien Prideaux
Handbook of Indigo Dyeing by Vivien Prideaux

Shibori: the inventive art of Japanese shaped resist dyeing by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Mary Kellog Rice and Jane Barton
Shibori: the inventive art of Japanese shaped resist dyeing by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Mary Kellog Rice and Jane Barton

Some of these title are newly published, while others are classics in their field. Perusing these titles is a good place to start if you are interested in the history of dyeing, setting up your own dye workshop or just looking at beautiful textiles.

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

 

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