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Contemporary Dyecraft: Over 50 Tie-dye Projects for Scarves, Dresses, T-shirts and More Paperback – September 23, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155407729X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554077298
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Brummer's first book is a comprehensive guide to tie-dying, with clear instructions and multiple color photographs for a series of lovely projects that use a variety of materials, from a throw dyed with a cobweb design to an impressive series of silk scarves. Amazingly, Brummer is able to achieve both rustic and sophisticated looks, and readers who previously thought that tie-dye meant rainbow-splotched shirts adorning Deadheads will be impressed by the variety that can be achieved on (most often) cotton garments with rubber bands and buckets of dye. That said, Brummer focuses here exclusively on tie-dying; there's no batik, resist dying, or even much bleach work to be found. A hundred and forty-four pages is an awful lot of tie-dye, even for the aficionado. Photos. (Nov.)
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From Booklist

Today’s tie-dye boasts a sophisticated edge. In South African Brummer’s first book, the craft takes on a faux-finishing look, emulating tiger and zebra stripes, and even a rainbow, all through the efforts of experienced dyers. Lest you think her compilation of more than 50 items is geared strictly to well-tenured practitioners, she contradicts that perception through a lengthy and elaborate introduction covering fabrics, dyes (and bleaches), equipment, and the basics of resist dyeing. And though her projects are not naturally segmented in any particular fashion, the designs themselves lend a comfortable compartmentalization: between flat and graded color; circles, stripes, and coils; geometric shapes, spirals, and stitched patterns. Each includes more than enough instructional how-tos, general photographic step-by-steps, level of difficulty, and preparation needed. Professional tips are readily divulged, such as testing fabric shrinkage before beginning and realizing that the tightness of the elastics will define the pattern’s detail. --Barbara Jacobs

More About the Author

I first started working with dye and textiles in 1993. I dyed and sold T-shirts, dresses, bell-bottom trousers, babygro's, poncho's, sweatshirts, socks and anything else that I could lay my hands on. By the end of 1998 I was manufacturing and selling 100 garments a week at local flea markets.

In 2002 I took what I knew to the fashion industry. I manufactured high end textiles for designers like Marianne Fassler, Stoned Cherrie, Sun Goddess, Marion & Lindie, JJ Schoeman, Black Coffee and many others. In 2005 my finishes appeared on the catwalk at SA Fashion Week in six different collections. Fabrics that I have dyed have been seen on the catwalk in New York and Milan.

Currently I focus on teaching and training. I teach into schools, fashion colleges, skills development centres, NGO's and craft centres. I am fascinated with entrepreneurship and love to watch cottage industries spring up out of dreams and mist and grow into real businesses.


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Contemporary Dyecraft is a great book in my dyeing library.
goldendog
I love this book it gives detailed instructions for beginners and awesome tying inspiration for more advanced tie-dyes.
D
I want to tye dye so bad, this book gives all the info you need and more!
D. Aguirre

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Taltre on June 9, 2011
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I was very disappointed with this book. This isn't contemporary dyeing, it's 1960's and 70's tie dye.

All the ties/resists are very elementary - circles or spirals, nothing new, nothing remotely intricate.
The color application is also elementary. No soaring applications of color; mostly everything is one or two colors with a few rainbow apps.

The sequential pictures of each tying process are small and when the tie is on black, the folding process can't be seen at all.

The author also seems to be using a type of fiber reactive dye that needs very hot water; the instructions for mixing the dye include boiling water. The fiber reactive dyes one can get in the U.S. are applied at room temperature.

I also take issue with the author's bleach/resist process; she doesn't neutralize the bleach after rinsing it out of the cloth. There are products to neutralize bleach so it won't continue to degrade the fabric (and it will).

I thought this might be a definitive book on tie dye, but alas, no, not even close.
I wouldn't recommend this book to a beginning dyer; you can learn more on the internet and from DVDs.
It might hold some interest to collectors of tie dye ephemera.
k
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gentry on February 23, 2012
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Although I do see a couple different ties, it seems most of the book is repetitions on basic dye patterns. Also, if you're not interested in dyeing scarves, be warned this book is heavy on dyed silk scarves. And she doesn't even use silk-specific dyes and techniques. Great pictures, and a couple interesting items, but otherwise kind of beginner/intermediate stuff.
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By Colleen McClurg on August 4, 2014
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Amazing book! Even though I will probably not be doing the dyebath style of tie dye this author favors, the book is very inspiring, showing different techniques, like bleach discharging, and starting out with already dyed items and improving them.
It's very different from other tie dye books I have seen and that's a good thing! Worth checking out, the author does beautiful work.
My only complaint is that the author doesn't mention using a bleach neutralizer like bleach stop
after using bleach for discharging. Bleach used in this quantity can eventually rot or weaken the fabric a great deal, and rinsing just isn't enough to stop it.
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I was a little let down by this item. I read a lot of reviews praising this book. It does have some great effects and designs in it but is poorly explained in detail. The pictures are taken very far apart in the folding progression so it's hard to follow exactly how you should do it. It does however have very good ideas and also shows how to dye silk projects.
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By D on October 19, 2013
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I love this book it gives detailed instructions for beginners and awesome tying inspiration for more advanced tie-dyes. Ichecked this out from the library several times and then decided I needed to own it.
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By lisa jafari on April 27, 2013
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again a wonderful resource for the children they all seem to be so into tiedye many of them started asking at Christmas time if we could do tiedye projects
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