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Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece: Custom-Color Your Favorite Fibers with Dip-Dyeing, Hand-Painting, Tie-Dyeing, and Other Creative Techniques Spiral-bound – January 8, 2010
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About the Author
Gail Callahan discovered weaving in the 1990’s, leading her to a small business called The Kangaroo Weaver. A few years later, she began dyeing for personal use. The following year, Valley Yarns asked her to dye yarns exclusive to WEBS, America’s Yarn Store, in Northampton, Massachusetts. She now teaches dyeing at WEBS, and continues to dye for them as well as for her own business, The Kangaroo Dyer. She is the author of Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece.
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When the author listed Valley Yarns, Kristen Hipsky (whose patterns I have bought) and Kathy and Steve Elkins in her Acknowledgements, I realized what a treasure I had in my hands to assist me in beginning my yarn-dyeing journey :)
It is very well written, clear, easy to understand and "friendly". You almost feel as if you are there experiencing the dyeing process right along with the author. There are many terrific tips to make dyeing easier and pleasing. The photographs are outstanding and her method of teaching about color with her ingenious color grid and grains of rice is fantastic! Much easier to use/understand than the common color wheel. Not to mention, with the book you get the terrific color grid to use from then on.
Another positive thing about the book is its binding. It is a spiral-bound hardback with the spiral wired spine underneath the outside hardback spine. This allows you to open it flat to use when working and also keeps the book from getting caught on things as exposed spiral-bound books often do. There are eight interesting knitting projects (spanning various levels of experience) with directions and a full color picture of the finished item.
I have been dyeing fiber for a couple years now, yet still found several of the things she mentioned to be new and helpful. I am going to request that it be added to the library at the art college that I attend.
This book is truly outstanding and I am ordering another copy today for a Christmas gift for a friend!
KUDOS to the author, Gail Callahan!!!
I love the spiral binding which makes really easy to read hands free and not have to worry about losing your page as you work. I have made some beautiful yarns and rovings with the techniques in this book. If you're new to hand dyeing, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.