Teach Yourself VISUALLY Hand-Dyeingby Barbara Parry
As the DIY trend continues, crafters are taking their skills to the next level and are looking for "what's next." Hand-dyeing is on the rise--giving crafters the freedom to create their own unique yarns and fibers to spin wholly original projects. This photo-intensive book covers everything from dyeing with Kool-Aid to more involved processes like working with acid… See more details below
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As the DIY trend continues, crafters are taking their skills to the next level and are looking for "what's next." Hand-dyeing is on the rise--giving crafters the freedom to create their own unique yarns and fibers to spin wholly original projects. This photo-intensive book covers everything from dyeing with Kool-Aid to more involved processes like working with acid dyes and hand-painting. Concealed wiro binding allows the book to lay flat--perfect for undertaking projects with wet or dye-covered hands.
Barbara Parry (Shelburne, MA) is the founder and creative vision behind Foxfire Fiber&Designs. She produces her own yarn line from the wool of the sheep she raises on her farm in the Berkshire foothills, which is home to 70 sheep, two llamas, and two goats. The wool she produces is prized by knitters and handspinners and has won numerous awards. Barbara chronicles life on her farm in her blog "Sheep Gal: Notes from a Shelburne Shepherd" (www.sheepgal.typepad.com).
Meet the Author
Barbara Parry raises sheep on her 220-acre farm in the Berkshire foothills of western Massachusetts. She dyes her own line of knitting yarn produced from the wool of her flock and markets it under her label, Foxfire Fiber and Designs, both online (at www.foxfirefiber.com) and at sheep and wool festivals throughout the Northeast. Her hand-dyed yarns and fibers have been featured in Wild Fibers magazine and in several knitting books. She chronicles life on her farm in her blog Sheep Gal (www.sheepgal.com) and is a freelance writer contributing to fiber arts publications. She teaches classes in hand spinning, dyeing, and colorwork.
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As a dabbler in hand dyeing yarn, this book is the answer to all my questions about dyes, colors, how to get particular color effects. how to set up a home dying workplace, and things to watch out for. The author is very experienced and has graced us by sharing her expertise. The book is clear, easy to follow and encourages creativity. It is very obvious she loves what she does and is very good at it. I highly recommend this book for both the beginner and the advanced yarn dyer.
I've never dyed my own yarn before, but I wanted to try it out. This book makes it so easy! I especially like the fact that it's spiral-bound, so it lays flat when you're working - I don't have to weigh it down or otherwise crush the book just to keep it to the page I want. The lessons are written step by step, so it's almost like you have a teacher right there beside you. One of my friends has done a lot of silk dyeing, but she loves this book, too, because it goes into so many different techniques (from beginner to expert) that she can use on both silk and yarn.