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Fabric dyeing for beginners
McClure, Vimala Schneider, 1952-
Publication Information:
Paducah, Ky. : American Quilter's Society, 2003.
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79 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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TT853 .M38 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For the many people who love hand-dyed fabrics but think they are too difficult to make, Vimala McClure presents an easy to do technique that is convenient and gentle on the pocketbook. The author says, 'I use methods that are simple to understand and that can be broken down into steps to be completed on separate days.' Because her dyeing process is done in small batches, there is minimal mess to clean up. Worked in small jars or a plastic bin, luminous fabrics with exciting patterns can be made in a total of two to three hours. Using widely available dye products, which are listed in the resources section, the author provides dye recipes for mixing batches of 12 different colors or, for more variety, 24 colors. She shows how to make intriguing color mixtures, single-color gradations and multiple color gradations. With a cookbook approach and step by step photos, the author demonstrates tie dyeing, Shibori-like dyeing, fold dyeing, and overdyeing, each method illustrated with examples of wonderful fabric swatches and quilt blocks. She also describes how to make simple stencils for sponging or spraying to add pizzazz to any fabric.

Author Notes

Vimala McClure, who has worked with parents & babies since 1976, founded the International Association of Infant Massage, which now has twenty-five chapters worldwide. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

McClure's book is for quilters who wish to enhance their projects with hand-dyed fabric without paying the exorbitant prices for custom-dyed yardage. Her method is to break the process down into easily manageable units, leading the reader step by step through dyeing small amounts of fabric in half-pint pickle or jelly jars and then moving on to explore fold-dyed fabrics, tie-dye, and stencils and sprays. She emphasizes safety in dyeing, including the use of a homemade mixing box when preparing dye solutions. This gem of a book is highly recommended for public libraries and quilting collections. Academic libraries may want to supplement it with Kate Wells's more scholarly Fabric Dyeing and Printing. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Chapter 1 General Instructions
Basic Equipment and Suppliesp. 11
Dyeing Tipsp. 15
How to Make a Mixing Boxp. 16
How to Make Dye Activatorp. 16
How to Make Chem Waterp. 16
How to Make Dye Solutionp. 17
Three Base Colorsp. 17
Chapter 2 Pickle-Jar Fabrics
Additional Suppliesp. 19
Dye Colorsp. 20
Color Wheelsp. 20
Color Wheel Recipesp. 21
How to Pickle Fabricsp. 22
Bin Dyeingp. 25
Chapter 3 Fold-Dyed Fabrics
Additional Suppliesp. 33
How to Fold-Dyep. 34
Chapter 4 Tie-Dyed Fabrics
Additional Suppliesp. 47
How to Tie-Dyep. 48
Tie-Dyed Patternsp. 48
Shibori-style Tie-Dyep. 53
Chapter 5 Stencils and Sprays
Additional Suppliesp. 61
Sponge or Brush Paintingp. 62
Spray Paintingp. 65
Spray on Flat Fabricp. 66
Galleryp. 71
Resourcesp. 79
Meet the Authorp. 80