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Dye! Dye! Dye!*
Fabric to Dye For, Frieda Anderson C&T Publishing, 2010
Lots of quilters would like to try dyeing their own fabrics, but hesitate to get involved. We think we need lots of new equipment, and we’ll make a big mess.
It’s true, you could invest in an expensive dye studio with vast quantities of dye and chemicals and equipment. But, as Frieda explains in her helpful book, you can get started with a few simple kitchen tools and plastic containers. You’ll also need old clothes, water, and some fabric to dye. We’ve all got those around already.
Fiber reactive dyes, which don’t need hot water or steam to make permanent colors, are available right here in Fargo. I have bought them at Art Materials downtown, at JoAnn Fabrics and at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. (I have trouble keeping those two straight.)
Dyes are cheaper in bulk, so if you really get hooked, Frieda tells you where to order them in larger jars.
If you’ve been thinking about giving it a try, check this book out from our library, buy some rubber gloves, and get started!
The back of the books also explains her fusing methods and includes patterns for 5 small fused quilts. So, even if you prefer to buy your hand-dyes ready to go, you could still benefit from the ideas in this book.
* the English teacher in me can’t help but notice that this is an object lesson how SPELLING MATTERS.