Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece: Custom-Color Your Favorite Fibers with Dip-Dyeing, Hand-Painting, Tie-Dyeing, and Other Creative Techniques [NOOK Book]

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No crafter should feel limited by the yarn colors available in a favorite fiber shop — not when it’s so fun and satisfying to hand-dye yarn and fleece right in the kitchen. Ultimate color control is now within the reach of anyone who loves yarn and fleece.

In Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece, self-taught dyer Gail Callahan uses fiber, color, and heat to create exciting new yarns and yarn colors. Her recipe-style instructions lead readers through a...
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Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece: Custom-Color Your Favorite Fibers with Dip-Dyeing, Hand-Painting, Tie-Dyeing, and Other Creative Techniques

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Overview

No crafter should feel limited by the yarn colors available in a favorite fiber shop — not when it’s so fun and satisfying to hand-dye yarn and fleece right in the kitchen. Ultimate color control is now within the reach of anyone who loves yarn and fleece.

In Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece, self-taught dyer Gail Callahan uses fiber, color, and heat to create exciting new yarns and yarn colors. Her recipe-style instructions lead readers through a variety of simple techniques that turn plain or outdated yarns into colorful fibers, customized by color and quantity for the project at hand. And there are even eight projects for knitters eager to use their new yarns.

Standard kitchen equipment is all that's needed to set up a kitchen dye shop. 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 every method.

Dyeing doesn’t end with the simpler singlecolor methods. Adventurous crafters will find instructions for designing self-striping and multicolored yarns with dip-dyeing, tie-dyeing hand-painting, and other inventive techniques. Detailed advice on color theory and types of dyes, including food colors and other "grocery store" dyes, make the entire process achievable for complete beginners.

A wonderful new skill that will appeal to enthusiastic knitters, crocheters, rug hookers, spinners, and weavers, hand dyeing is the next step in creating handmade fiber crafts from scratch.
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Editorial Reviews

Knitty.com
As we’re heading into the bleak winter months here in the northern hemisphere, Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece is really a great companion to keep the color in your life. Following Callahan’s steps to create a safe dye studio, you could work your way through her exercises all the way to spring and keep yourself content with all the good stuff coming out of your dye pots.
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As we’re heading into the bleak winter months here in the northern hemisphere, Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece is really a great companion to keep the color in your life. Following Callahan’s steps to create a safe dye studio, you could work your way through her exercises all the way to spring and keep yourself content with all the good stuff coming out of your dye pots.
Library Journal
Callahan, who owns a successful hand-dyed yarn business, lets novices in on the tricks of the trade in this friendly introduction to dyeing your own fiber. Beginning dyers can gain confidence by dyeing fiber with simple kitchen equipment and no-hassle dyes such as powdered drink mixes, then move on to more sophisticated techniques and supplies. Rather than taking the usual fiber type/color theory/dyeing directions approach, Callahan jumps right into the dyeing and saves the descriptions of different fibers and color theory for later in the book—an approach that adds to the "you can do this!" feel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603426718
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 2/27/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 459,715
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Gail Callahan discovered weaving in the 1990's, leading her to a small business called The Kangaroo Weaver. A few years later, she began dyeing for personal use. The following year, Valley Yarns asked her to dye yarns exclusive to WEBS, America's Yarn Store, in Northampton, Massachusetts. She now teaches dyeing at WEBS, and continues to dye for them as well as for her own business, The Kangaroo Dyer.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    A very good guide to dyeing your own fibers

    When I moved to Alaska and could only take 12 Rubbermaid totes with me, this book was a must have for my now very limited knitting library.

    Gail has covered many aspects of dyeing in this very colorful guide with easy to understand terms without repeating herself to the point of redundancy like most other books I have picked up. There is a technique for everyone from children to anyone seasoned in this art. The pictures are beautiful, inspirational, and relay the idea behind the directions.

    This is a must have for anyone looking to expand their knowledge in fiber arts.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 8, 2014

    Out of US

    Why dont you warn first If you dont sell out of US :( ( and I gave 1 star for you, not for book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Fantastic book!

    This book is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in learning to dye yarn and fiber. The explanations and photographs are clear and easy to understand. I've tried several of Gail's methods and they all work. Her explanation of color theory is really helpful. I find this book very inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Hand Dying Made Simple

    This book may well contain all I will ever need to know to dye almost any fiber. The directions are concise and easy to understand.

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