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Fabric to Dye For: Create 72 Hand-Dyed Colors for Your Stash; 5 Fused Quilt Projects Paperback – February 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571208232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571208231
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've ever seen the colourful work of Freida Anderson, you will know that she hand-dyes all of her fabrics. This 80 page book published by C&T Publishing is squarely aimed at the first time dyer. About a third of the book is devoted to the basics of dyeing including: sourcing supplies and equipment; setting up your dyeing workspace; preparing your dyes and fabric; dyeing 12-step colour wheel gradations in dark, medium and light values; dyeing 6-step gradations in complementary colours and colour family sets; flat dyeing and using resists; washing and drying your fabrics. This is followed by a six page quilt gallery; a ten page section of fusing and finishing basics (fused binding, pillow-case finish, pleated sleeves and labels) and five fused projects with increasing complexity (Jack in the Pulpit, Irises, a dog portrait, Autumnal Trees, and Amish Leaves.) There are lots of bright photos to get you in the mood (who can resist the lolly-like appeal of colour gradations?!) Frieda uses a method of pre-soaking fabrics in soda-ash solution and then applying dye solutions made from simple formulae using cup, tablespoon and teaspoon measurements. It's not rocket science, it's not hard and it's not novel but that's the point. For someone who is new to the wonder of dyeing, the book presents clear step-by-step instructions to get started. I wish Frieda's book Fabric to Dye For had been available when I first started dyeing fabrics. (Serendipity, March 26, 2010)

Frieda's instructions for dyeing fabric in 72 colors using only seven Procion dye colors, three bright, three warm and a basic black, are exceptionally well organized, concise and easy to follow. She includes a list of all of the necessary tools and materials, safety precautions and advice on different kinds of dyeing using containers, flat surfaces resists, pour dyeing and painting with thickened dye. A section on making fused art quilts with your newly created hand dyed fabrics is also included, and Frieda tells you how to design, fuse, machine quilt and finish your piece. Five delightful fused quilt patterns and instructions are given, as well as a gallery of artwork by the author and other artists for your inspiration. (Machine Quilting Unlimited, May 1, 2010)

Beginner fabric dyers will delight in Frieda Anderson's user-friendly guide to coloring your own cloth. If you're new to dyeing, or simply want to perfect your practice, you'll find all the necessary information within these pages. Anderson focuses on Procion MX dyes and comprehensibly takes the reader through all steps of the fabric dyeing process, from preparing the fixative to mixing the dyes and immersing the fabrics. She focuses on gradation dyeing in particular, demonstrating how just a few colors can be used to create a collection of fabrics in a range of harmonized hues. Techniques for dyeing fabric flat and dye painting are also included. Anderson even outlines the basics of fusing and finishing your quilts, and includes five fusing projects that allow you to put your newly dyed fabrics to use. For a first-time dyer, this basic and straightforward guide has all you need to get started. (Quilting Arts, April 1, 2010)

Have you ever wanted to dye your own fabrics but were concerned about the messy, complex process? Then this book is for you. Frieda shows you how to dye fabrics at home with inexpensive equipment and supplies. The step-by-step instructions and easy-to- follow charts are a must for first-time dyers. Frieda even offers helpful wardrobe tips - dressing for dyeing as well as patterns for five quilting projects in her signature style. (Quilters Newsletter, June 1, 2010)

Frieda Anderson has been dyeing fabrics to use in her quiltmaking for many years. Fabric to Dye For is an accumulation of her knowledge so that the rest of us don't have to learn the hard way. Written with the first-time dyer in mind, she has focused on a process that is easy (using Procioen MX powdered dyes) and requires only basic, inexpensive equipment that can be purchased at a hardware store or supermarket. The technique section of the book is detailed and illustrated with lots of useful photographs. A gallery of Frieda's quilts made from her hand-dyed fabrics and instructions for using your own hand-dyed fabrics in five small quilt projects are also included. Highly recommended for those who would like to have a go. (Australian Homespun, August 1, 2010)

About the Author

Frieda Anderson has been fabric dyeing for more than 15 years, during which time she has won numerous awards.

More About the Author

Frieda Anderson has been dyeing fabric for 20 years and has won numerous awards. She has appeared on the Do It Yourself Network, Quilting Arts University, the Quilt Show, and Sewing with Nancy. She also teaches quilting and dyeing workshops throughout the World. Frieda lives in Elgin, IL. Visit Freida on the Web at: www.friestyle.com and her blog at http://www.friestyle.blogspot.com

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I would recommend this book to fabric dyers of all skill levels.
Chris Daly
She explains how to prepare the fabric, dye the fabric, set the color, and she gives useful tips for washing and drying the fabric.
J. Lanaux
The pictures and instructions are crystal clear, and Frieda makes everything look achievable by a novice such as myself.
Diane Evans

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By C. Carter on March 3, 2010
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I am an experienced fabric dyer and own most of the books published on this topic. "Fabric to Dye For" has 32 pages of basic dyeing information however the print is large and there are lots of pictures which take up space but add little to the understanding of the topic. Supplies and tools are lightly covered and color mixing formulas are absent. The remaining pages of the book present fused quilt projects. There is a lot of important information on fabric dyeing that could be presented in this book but isn't. If you are looking for a basic fabric dyeing book, check out Fast, Fun and Easy Fabric Dyeing by Lynn Koolish. The information in this book is comprehensive, clearly presented and is supported by attractive pictures. If you have an opportunity to compare these two books side by side, you will immediately see the difference. Lynn Koolish is also coming out with a book on color mixing in April. If you would like a more advanced book on fabric dyeing, check out Color by Accident by Ann Johnston. Both of these books (plus the color mixing book) would provide you with enough information to obtain successful results dyeing all sorts of fabric and fibers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 6, 2010
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If you are looking for a good book that has dye recipes look elsewhere as this book does not have 72 dye recipes laid out in the book (this is why I gave it 1 star because the title of the book is very misleading IMO and the dye recipes are very very generic and really only consist of how to dye a 12 step color wheel and how to do simple 2 color gradations). If you like the authors style of quilt making (fusing with hand dyed fabrics to make wall/art quilts) then the book is fine for that.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Quiltnb on February 7, 2010
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Frieda has done it again. This is her second book, her first book, Fun, Fast Fusies takes you step by step through her steps of creating award winning art quilts. Her approach is simple with each step explained. She numbers her steps, and she answers all your questions as you go. Simply the best. Now, she takes you into her world of dying fabric. She uses basic tools and steps we all have in our home and walks you through each step. She is detailed with pictures and word to create the confidence to dye fabric. She shares her knowledge with you and encourages you each step of the way. She is truly a wonderful teacher and her books are an asset to any quilter's library. A MUST HAVE!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Kush on February 14, 2010
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This book is a great example of making the process of fabric dyeing easy and economical enough for everyone. No special equipment or fabrics are needed and only four basic colors of dye. Frieda makes it perfectly acceptable to use inexpensive utensils and fabrics which makes it fun and affordable for first time dyers to experiment and end up with great results. The extra helpful tips in the book, designed to make it easier to get profesional results, are great as well.
I love the variety of colors achievable with the die recipes in this book. The gradations are especially beautiful. The progression of dyeing presented in the book, offers a painless way to learn about color theory while having fun creating beautiful fabric examples.
Frieda's choices for the works in the gallery section are a joy to behold and showcase her awesome designs and quilting, as well as those of some of her artist friends.
The patterns are great because Frieda supplies you with a visual of which of your luscious fabrics to use for each pattern. This section of the book also privides great instructions for the transferring of the pattern, fusing, quilting and finishing of the pieces.
This is not my first book on fabric dyeing but I sure wish it had been.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diane Evans on February 5, 2010
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I absolutely love this book! The pictures and instructions are crystal clear, and Frieda makes everything look achievable by a novice such as myself. Her colors are so inspirational -- you can't help but be drawn into her world of hand dyed fabric. A must for any quilter who wants to create her own collection of lush, colorful fabrics!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Daly on February 24, 2010
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What a wonderful book. I would have loved a book like this when I first learned to dye fabric. The material is well thought out and the book is packed with excellent tips. I would recommend this book to fabric dyers of all skill levels. The fused fabric projects and instructions are a wonderful bonus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Fregia on December 5, 2012
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The book is very pretty, but I don't have much good to say about it. If you have ever dyed before, there is nothing new here. If you have not dyed before, beware that there is some instruction that could lead to big disappointment for you. For instance, the author suggests spreading the just-dyed fabric out on your grass to "age." She may live where the humidity is 99 percent, but those of us in arid climates would find that the moisture required for the chemical reaction to complete was gone in 5 minutes, and most of the dye would not fix, but go down the drain upon washout. In an possible effort to have instructions be simple, they are non-standard or misleading. Pretty just doesn't make up for that. I've requested to return my copy - should have given more credence to the other 1-star review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 16, 2010
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Fabric to Dye For offers over seventy hand-dyed colors to increase a fabric stash, including five fused quilt projects. Step-by-step directions cover everything from creating and stocking a work area to mixing the dyes and drying hand-dyed fabrics, while formulas use standard, easy measurements. Any needlework or quilter's library needs this.
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