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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Hand-Dyeing

ISBN: 978-0-470-40305-1
224 pages
April 2009
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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).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why Learn to Dye?

Chapter 2: A Dyer’s Studio.

Chapter 3: Different Dyes for Different Fibers.

Chapter 4: Yarn and Fiber Preparation.

Chapter 5: Work with Color.

Chapter 6: Immersion Dyeing.

Chapter 7: Hand-Paint Variations.

Chapter 8: Freestyle Dyeing.

Chapter 9: Dye Cellulose Fibers.

Chapter 10: Color on Color: The Artful Overdye.

Chapter 11: Spin and Knit with Hand-Dyed Fiber.

Chapter 12: Color Themes for Hand-Dyed Palettes.




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Author Information

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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