Tracy Kendall author of The Fabric & Yarn Dyer’s Handbook has over 100 inspirational recipes to dye, pattern fabric and yarn. This comprehensive handbook covers dyes, pigments and paints.
Have there been times you discovered yarn in a bag without a label and forgot what type of yarn it was? There is a section of the book that covers identifying fabrics and yarns using sight, touch and the burn test. Once you know the type of fiber you are working with, Tracy goes into detail about safety, preperation (basic equipment), mordanting and fixing and using color.
If you have never dyed your own fiber/yarn or love creating your own colors and designs, this book is here to offer the help you need. For knitters/crocheters and weavers you will enjoy experimenting with vat dyeing, tie-dyeing and color stripping among the methods shown.
Ivy vines, Oak Bark and acorns are next on my list to use for dyeing. With Hurricane Irene having just passed, Oak bark will be easy to get by just bending down and cleaning up yours or your neighbors yard.
The key between dyeing yarn as opposed to dyeing fabric is that extra care is required when raising the bath temperature. If the temperature is not raised gradually, wool will felt and silk will become brittle. Both natural and synthetic dye recipes are given.
The recipes are clear step by step instructions and include a materials and ingrediant list. The type of fiber being dyed is shown using a color key at the top side edge of the page. The resulting color and/or design is pictured in a photo on each recipe. Different methods of color printing are shown for fabric. With a bit of experimentation on knitted/crocheted and woven pieces of fabric, the color printed designs using blockprints, pigment stripes, batik, salt technique (on silk ) will result in unique pieces.
Tracy’s book will enable you to make your projects one of a kind.