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These are the best fabric dyeing books we could find.

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Color By Accident
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No experience required! Because it is so well explained - my kind of book. This is a "low water immersion" method of dyeing with our Fiber Reactive dyes devised by Ann Johnston (author of "Color by Design"). The approach is very spontaneous, uses very little water & dye, no salt, and gives you the chance to create one-of-a-kind goodies. 5 variations, with 54 tested recipes. Tons of info on Procion dyeing. Great for creating a pallet of unique fabrics for those one of a kind art quilts we all drool over. Learn to make fabrics that gradate from light to dark, or one color to another too.
5.5"x8" hard bound, 95 pages, color plates.

 

 

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommends for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Color by Accident recommends that you purchase:

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#BCBA
 
$24.95
$22.46
Color by Design
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In Ann Johnston’s latest book, you’ll find everything you need to know about painting and printing with Procion® Fiber Reactive dyes. There are 48 exercises to learn from with clear, step-by-step directions, along with color photographs of the many results that can be achieved. Included is a chapter dedicated to water-soluble resist and recipes for making your own resists. All in all, we recommend this very informative resource!

6.25"x8.75", hard cover, 167 pgs., color photos.

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Color by Design recommends that you purchase:

Mixing Cups
Rubber Gloves
Apron
Dust Mask
Procion Dyes
Soda Ash
Urea
Sodium Alginate
Water Softener
Ludigol
Synthropol
Fabric
Squeeze Bottles
Brushes
Syringe
Needle Tip Applicator Bottles
Compressed Sponges
Artist Sponges
Stamping Tools

 
 
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#BCBD
 
$29.95
$26.95
Colour on Cloth by Ruth Issett
Colour on Cloth by Ruth Issett

A very colorful book all about working with Procion MX Fiber Reactive dyes. The author discusses color and color mixing, fabrics and equipment, many methods of direct application, as well as more advanced techniques such as working with thickened dye, resists, bleaching and discharging. She even touches on using potato dextrin! Handy charts and reipes round out this comprehensive guide to artistic exploration with fiber reactive dyes! Recipes give metric and standard US measurements.

8" x 11", Soft Cover, Color Photos, 128 pages.

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Colour on Cloth recommends that you purchase:

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#BCOC
  Soft Cover - 128 pages
$21.95
$19.75
Tray Dyeing Book and DVD
Tray Dyeing Book and DVD

Tray dyeing. It sounds straightforward enough doesn't it? What you may not expect is that you can achieve an infinite variety of effects and textures on your fabric using this simple and exciting version of a low immersion dyeing technique with Procion type Fiber Reactive dyes. Now this extraordinarily popular book includes a 40 minute demonstrational DVD that will give you a very thourogh introduction to this unique dye process.

Leslie Morgan and Claire Benn deliver precise and well thought out instructions for every step; from the preliminaries of understanding color schemes and harmonies, choosing your fabrics and selecting your equipment, to specific formulas for mixing up your dye and chemical solutions. There are even recipes for using your leftover dyes. Strikingly photographed examples of every part of the process, including fabric manipulation and dye application, coupled with detailed explanations of the role of every component you will be using, along with the ever so handy trouble shooting section.

This book makes a fantastic addition to any dyer’s library for creating those one of a kind pieces of fabric that can be used "...for quilts, stitched textiles, textile art, clothing, soft furnishings, interior designs, sculpture, accessories and even jewelry."

8.25" x 11.75" - Soft cover - Color photos - 44 pages

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Tray Dyeing recommends that you purchase:

Mixing Cups
Rubber Gloves
Apron
Dust Mask
Plastic Drop Cloth
Fabric
Procion Dyes
Soda Ash
Urea
Dyer's Salt
Synthropol
Squeeze bottles
Disposeable Plastic Pipettes
 
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#BTRD
  Soft cover - 44 pages
$28.00
$25.19
Vibrant Color: Combining Soy Wax and Dye for Brilliant Results
Vibrant Color: Combining Soy Wax and Dye for Brilliant Results

Vibrant color is what this DVD is about. After years of research to perfect innovative techniques for melding soy wax and dye, renown surface design artists Jane Dunnewold and Lisa Kerpoe explore three exciting applications. Learn to create your own crayons perfect for rubbings, drawing and writing, dye paste for stamping, stenciling and more. Even seasoned textile artists will find that these new techniques open up many new possibilities for surface design.

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#VCDVD
  90 minutes.
$35.00
$31.50
Fabric Dyer's Dictionary
Fabric Dyer's Dictionary

We were very excited when we found this comprehensive guide to mixing fiber reactive dyes. Think of this book as the ultimate dyer’s recipe book. Linda Johansen thoroughly explains the basics and then dives right into mixing several variations of the rainbow. From there she moves right in to creating gradations. Clear examples of each formula are detailed on every page. This book will be of particular interest to quilters who want to create their own one-of-a-kind fabrics. Filled with specific recipes for mixing over 900 custom colors, this may be the only book on color a dyer ever needs!

8.5" x 11", Soft Cover, Color Photos, 95 pages.

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#BFDD
  Soft Cover, 95 pages.
'Tis gone and alas there will be no more...
$23.95
$21.55
Visual Texture on Fabric
Visual Texture on Fabric
Visual Texture on Fabric is a comprehensive guide to water-based resist dyeing techniques makes the process easy to learn (and even more fun to play with) using Lisa's test-driven instructions for creating depth on a flat surface. Paint, stamp, stencil, splatter, layer...and come away with soft, touchable fabric made with your own signature style. 
 
•Design one-of-a-kind art cloth for your favorite quilting, sewing, home décor, and garment projects
•Create dimensional effects with ingredients like oatmeal, sugar, and soy wax-mix and match 8 resists with 7 application techniques for endless possibilities
•Materials for making non-toxic resists are easy to find, starting with your kitchen cupboards! 
 
8" x 10", soft cover, color photos, 96 pages.

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Visual Texture on Fabric recommends that you purchase:
 
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#BVTOF
 
$24.95
$22.45
Soy Wax Inspirations
Soy Wax Inspirations
We LOVE Soy wax here at Dharma. This wonderful, eco-friendly and easy to use product has a miriad of suface design uses. Susan Purney Mark explores it's potential in a variety of ways in this well thought out and easy to understand DVD.
 
Informative and fun, SOY WAX INSPIRATIONS with SUSAN PURNEY MARK is an essential reference for every surface design artist interested in exploring soy wax -- a safe and easy way to enjoy working with resist.  Included in this 2.5 hour DVD:
 
- Soy Wax Dyes & Equipment / Getting Started
- Journaling and Color Charts
- Layering Wax & Dye with Value Gradations
- Using Thickened Dyes with Screen Printing
- Pattern Resist, Pole Wrapping and Clamp Resist
- Layered Stitch Resist with Wonderful Results
- Sun Printing & Discharging with a Wax Resist
- Conclusion: Inspirational Fabrics
 
 Susan Purney Mark is an Author, Instructor, and Textile Artist living and working in British Columbia, Canada.  
 
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#SWIDVD
 1 Disc - 148 Minutes
$34.95
$31.46
Arashi Shibori: A Language of Stripes
Arashi Shibori: A Language of Stripes

ARASHI SHIBORI: A LANGUAGE OF STRIPES • Ana Lisa Hedstrom.

Arashi Shibori: A Language of Stripes offers a complete course on arashi shibori pole wrapping to create patterned and pleated fabrics. This fascinating process can be quick and easy, or developed to make complex layered designs. Vintage arashi fabrics are featured as well as the artist’s own work.

Disc One includes: pushing tubes and wrapping cloth with string to create horizontal and diagonal lines, re-wrapping to develop criss-crossed patterns. Instruction is included on adding a twist while pushing to create small patterns.

Disc Two shows fantastic vintage arashi patterns, and gives instruction on wrapping several times to achieve the net pattern, and other more advanced techniques.

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#ASDVD
 2 Discs - 157 minutes
$48.00
$43.20
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes

Dyeing your own fabric can produce georgeous colors...

...as more and more craftersare discovering Master dyer Rebecca Burgess spotlights 36 plants that will yield beautiful natural shades, and she shows just how easy the dyes are to make. Pokeberry creates a vibrant magenta while a range of soft lavender shades are derived from elderberries; indigo yields a wonderful range of blues anywhere from the palest baby-blue to a deep rich cobalt; the list goes on. 

With breathtaking color photographs, and useful maps that show the range of each plant throughout North America and seasonally based knitting projects, Harvesting Color is an essential guide to any natural dyer.

8"x10", Soft cover, color photos, 180 pages.

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#BHCND
  Soft cover, 180 pages.
$22.95
$20.66
Wild Color: Revised and Updated
Wild Color: Revised and Updated

A practical and inspiring guide to creating and using natural dyes from plants, Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition, offers the latest information on current environmentally  friendly dyeing techniques and more than 65 species of plants and natural dyestuffs.

This comprehensive book outlines all the necssary equipment, how to select fibers and plant parts, choose the right methods for mordanting and dyeing, test color modifiers and the fastness of dyed colors, and obtain a range of gorgeous colors from every plant, from alder to woad, shown in more than 250 swatches.

Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition, is the all-in-one resource for fiber enthusiasts, including knitters, sewers, and weavers; gardeners who are interested in new uses for traditional plants; and eco-conscious DIYers who want authoritative information about the natural dyeing process and the plants that are essential to it.

7.75"x10.25", soft cover, color photos, 144 pages


In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Wild Color recommends that you purchase:

Natural Dyes
Mordants for Natual Dyes
Indigo Dye Kit
Roving
Yarn
Fabric
Mixing Cups
Rubber Gloves
Apron

 
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#BWCRU
  Soft cover, 144 pages
$24.99
$22.49
Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece
Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece

In this great book, self-taught dyer Gail Callahan will show you simple techniques for dyeing yarn and roving that use standard kitchen equipment. Dyeing can be done in a microwave oven, a sturdy stovetop kettle, a crockpot, a traditional oven, or even an electric frying pan. Callahan covers singlecolor methods, self-striping and multicolored yarns with dip-dyeing, tie-dyeing hand-painting, and other inventive techniques. She provides detailed advice on color theory and types of dyes, including food colors and other "grocery store" dyes as well as the professional grade Acid Dyes. This book is great for beginning dyers. Soon you will be dyeing your own Indie Artisan colorways for knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, spinning, and weaving.

7.75" x 9.25", hard cover, color photos, 168 pages.

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#BHDY
 Hard cover, 168 pages.
$18.95
$17.05
Natural Dye Workshop 2 with Michel Garcia
Natural Dye Workshop 2 with Michel Garcia

An in-depth exploration and explanation of red, blue, and yellow natural dyes on animal protein fibers. Teaching sustainable processes for textiles and fashion, devising ecological dye methods by minimizing dye, fuel, mordant, time, and environmental impact on nature. Includes an investigation and interesting hypothesis of azul Maya.

About the Botanist, Chemist, Dyer, and Naturalist

Michel Garcia is a botanist, chemist, dyer, and naturalist. He is the founder of Couleur Garance (1998) in Lauris, France, and established Le Jardin Conservatoire de Plantes Tinctoriales (Botanical Garden of Dye Plants) in 2002 as a horticultural resource for chemists, natural dye researchers, and botanists. He has been instrumental in revitalizing the natural dye scene in France and abroad. Michel’s efforts have been pivotal to cultivating a greater understanding of natural dye history and teaching more sustainable adaptations for current practice.


Two-disc set, 3.5+ hours. English narration / Subtitles in English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish & Italian.

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#NDWDVD2
 
$68.00
$61.19
Natural Dye Workshop: Colors of Provence Using Sustainable Methods
Natural Dye Workshop: Colors of Provence Using Sustainable Methods

About the Botanist, Chemist, Dyer, and Naturalist. Michel Garcia is a botanist, chemist, dyer, and naturalist. He is the founder of Couleur Garance (1998) in Lauris, France, and established Le Jardin Conservatoire de Plantes Tinctoriales (Botanical Garden of Dye Plants) in 2002 as a horticultural resource for chemists, natural dye researchers, and botanists. He has been instrumental in revitalizing the natural dye scene in France and abroad. Michel’s efforts have been pivotal to cultivating a greater understanding of natural dye history and teaching more sustainable adaptations for current practice.

The Dharma employee who previewed this DVD to make sure it was up to our standards said "It’s GREAT!!! The DVD that natural dyers have been waiting years for!" Dive into a world of natural dye as Michel takes you on a wonderful journey, sharing his knowledge as one of the leading natural dye experts in the world. Learn how he has updated traditional European methods - once laborious and often polluting - into simpler, safer, modern recipes sensitive to issues of sustainability. This DVD is sure to appeal to all varieties of dyers and textile enthusiasts interested in how things work in the natural world. Learn how to use natural raw materials sensibly, artistically, and simply.

Disc One: Comprehensive Indigo Workshop using European Indigo (woad) and an ingenious resist paste. Indigo pigment extraction demonstration is followed by two quick totally organic reduction methods to kick start the vat.

Disc Two: Polychromatic color swatch projects on cotton are carried out using a variety of dye plants (oak gall nut, artichoke leaves, sawort, red leaved grape vine), extract (logwood), and insect (cochineal), combined with different concentrations of two simple mordants. Dipping in the same dye bath, stamping blocks, brush painting, and discharging effect are explained.

Info: 2 Discs; 183 min.; English narration & subtitle. Produced by Yoshiko I. Wada and Slow Fiber Studios, a program of the World Shibori Network. Directed and filmed on location in Provence, France, by Andrew Galli of Studio Galli Productions. DVD made in the USA.

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#NDWDVD
  2 discs, 183 min.
$65.00
$58.50
Shibori Designs & Techniques
Shibori Designs & Techniques

Every dedicated surface design enthusiast should have this book. We've carried a variety of Shibori books over the years and we think this may be one of the best. Accomplished Textile Designer and well-known author Mandy Southan guides the reader through nearly every aspect of this ancient and fascinating art form. Binding, folding, capping, clamping and stitching techniques are all revealed in beautiful detail. You will learn to create stunning effects on a myriad of fabrics using Acid dyes, Fiber Reactive dyes and discharging agents. The insightful, detailed explanations and beautiful, instructive photographs make this book a true gem.

8" x 10.25" - Soft cover - Color Photos - 96 pages 

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Shibori Designs & Techniques recommends that you purchase:

Rubber Gloves


Apron


Plastic Drop Cloth


Measuring Cups


Brushes


Fabric


Rubber Bands


Flat Sinew


Clothes Pins


Compressed Sponges


Squeeze Bottles


Disposeable Plastic Pipettes


Dyes


Synthropol


Color Remover (Thiox)


Dharma Discharge Paste


Auto Fade Pen


Newsprint Paper


Masking Tape


Pump spray bottle


 
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#BSDT
  Soft cover - 96 pages
$19.95
$17.95
The Surface Designer's Handbook
The Surface Designer's Handbook
If you work with textiles and fibers and want only one reference book - this would be it. Beautifully photographed on high quality paper and spiral bound, this will become your "manual" and source of inspiration for trying new things and creating complex multi-layered "art fabrics".
Many dyes with recipes and techniques are thoroughly covered, including the fiber reactive MX dyes, as well as printing, discharging, devore, stamping, stenciling, resists, fabric paints and embellishments. Lots of technical info such as preparing fabric, stock solutions, thickening, steaming and color mixing. The glossary describes the what, where, when, and why's of all those things you're told to use but don't know how.
An excellent all purpose textile how-to book!
9.25" x 11.25" - Hard Cover, Inner Spiral Bound - 138 pages.
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#BSDH
  9.25" x 11.25" - Hard Cover, Inner Spiral Bound - 138 pages
Alas this is gone and there will be no more...well maybe on Amazon for like $1,000,000
$29.95
$26.95
Color Works: The Crafter's Guide to Color
Color Works: The Crafter's Guide to Color
And now, for something really great......THE MYSTERY OF COLOR REVEALED! What colors go together? How can I mix my own colors for any project? By understanding a few simple principles, renowned colorist and teacher Deb Menz shows you how to master your color desires.
This beautiful book, printed on high quality paper in gorgeous full color is spiral bound for easy use and reference while working. Chapters discussed include basic color relationships, understanding value, color contrasts, harmonies, choosing colors and design, and our favorite---color examples of spinning, knitting, surface design, beading, embroidery, quilting, weaving and paper making explaining how color impacts each.
Included is a neat punch out template color wheel section with extensive color variations.To sum it up, this book is all about color theory oriented specifically to fiber media.
7.75" x 10" - Hard Cover, Spiral Bound, 147 pages.
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#BCW
 
$24.95
$22.45

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