Regular readers will know that I love to dye my own fabrics and to incoporate them in my quilts. However, my first introduction to dyeing was not very promising. I only had some rudimentary instruction notes and a hazy understanding of the chemistry. The results were washed out and insipid. How different it would have been if I had been working from Candy Glendening’s new Dyeing to Stitch Workshop DVD produced by Interweave as part of the Quilting Arts Workshop series.
In this comprehensive guide to creating colourful fabric art, Candy takes us through all the steps of her dyeing techniques. Breaking down the steps in a very user friendly way, she shows us exactly how to measure, mix and dye using the same low water immersion method that she uses to dye all of her fabrics. Candy provides the recipe to create her jewel-toned colour pallete that can be used to create single-hue fabrics or Candy shows you 6 different ways to dye multicolor fabrics. Here’s a preview on the mysteries of “scrumbling”:
As her day job, Candy teaches biology at the University of Redlands. Not surprisingly, she applied some scientific rigour to her quest or the perfect chartreuse. On the the DVD, Candy talks about colour theory and shows us her â€œCandiotic Table of Elemental Colorâ€. There are no drab dishcloth grays here!
Finally, Candy demonstrates free motion machine sketching that can be incorporated into all kinds of fabric art.
Candy is offering one of my lucky blog readers a chance to win their own copy of Candy’s Dyeing to Stitch DVD!