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Color Your Cloth: A Quilter's Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric Paperback – November 3, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600595138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600595134
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

MALKA DUBRAWSKY is an award-winning fiber artist who hand dyes her own fabric and makes quilts and other accessories. Her work has been featured in quilt exhibitions and galleries, and has been included in Art Quilts, A Celebration: 400 Stunning Contemporary Designs (Lark Books, 2005); the Fiberarts Design Book Seven (Lark Books, 2004); and several magazines, including Quilting Today and Cloth Paper Scissors. Her work can be seen at www.stitchindye.com.


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I've been making stuff for as long as I can remember. In fact I come form a long line of stuff makers. So it was only natural that I should get a degree in stuff making, better known as a Bachelor of Fine Arts and spend the whole of my adult life so far creating. Though I started out as a print maker, I've been working exclusively in textiles for almost 18 years. Crafting something with simple materials that then goes on to have a life of its own is truly magical. I'm so happy to have the opportunity to share that magic with others.

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The explanations are clear and easy to follow.
Daniel Prager
I have read the book several times and I can't wait to get out there and dye some fabric.
T. Hall
So it was exciting to receive this book in the mail.
cauchy09

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By r0ssie on November 6, 2009
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Malka Dubrawsky has completely transformed the way I look at fabric. I've been following her blog for quite a while and waiting impatiently for her book to come out. I'm so happy the wait is over! This book is not just gorgeous to look at, it provides clear instructions for altering fabrics to be more you and suit your style. The front part of the book walks you through dyeing, discharging, and using wax resists; the last section of the book provide clear patterns and examples of projects that look especially wonderful with this type of colored cloth. As a quilter, I'm especially drawn to the quilt patterns, but the camera strap and placemats also look amazing when done in these handmade batik fabrics. Thoroughly modern, but so human and cheerful, I highly recommend this book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ann Thompson on November 6, 2009
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I have been dying my fabric for years, and have studied traditional batik in Indonesia, which takes talent that i don't have......and yet, following Malka's clear and concise instructions, i know i can do it......her designs are beautifully simple and graphic, while the colors are clear and bright (as hand-dyes can be)..i love that! This book inspires me to go out to my garage and try things i always thought i couldn't do.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Prager on November 6, 2009
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I bought this book for my wife, who loved it. Here's her review:

Color Your Cloth is full of inspiration and stunning projects. It is written in 2 main sections.

First, the 'how to dye your fabric' section. The explanations are clear and easy to follow. Malka often suggests more than one technique that can be tried to achieve stunning results. She focuses on using materials that are easy to find and not overly expensive which is great especially if, like me, you are a beginner just wanting to try out different techniques without investing a heap of money. Even though this is the more technical of the 2 sections, it is full of loads of eye candy .... divine fabrics that actually seem achievable to create in your own home.

The second section is 'what you can make with your gorgeous newly dyed fabrics'. These projects range from dead easy to more advanced and are all fabulous. In this arena, I am more advanced in my experience [...] and I have found great inspiration in these projects also.

I can't wait to get started coloring my own cloth.

Andi :-)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeni on March 30, 2011
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I love Malka Dubrawsky's blog and had been admiring her beautiful fabrics from a far when I discovered this book. A unique opportunity arose for me to experiment with this technique in my undergrad studies. I followed her instructions for wax-resist dyeing, and am in love with the results. I was amazed and incredibly happy that even the first batch of fabrics I batiked and dyed by her methods were beautiful and usable! I never thought I would be able to do something like this myself, but she makes it so easy! Wonderful instructions, it is now a staple book in my craft room! I'm not sure if I ever would have experimented with wax-resist dyeing if it wasn't for this book! She makes it so accessible to the everyday sewer! :)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cauchy09 on November 6, 2009
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I've always wanted to try dyeing and altering fabrics. I've also always admired Malka's high-quality vibrant fabrics and use them in my own quilt projects. So it was exciting to receive this book in the mail. The photos and explanations are clear and provide a careful guide to safely using chemicals in combination. Her projects are appropriate for a person with average sewing skills and will really show off the fabric you alter/create.
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By Kauna on April 4, 2013
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Loved it . Excellent Instructions and Pictures so you can see that the process is not that difficult . Some good little projects also .
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Loved Malka's class at Quiltcon and learned so much! The book provides more information and ideas to pursue. Join the fun!
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