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Fabric Dyers Dictionary: The Only Dyeing Book You'll Ever Need [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Linda Johansen
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27 May 2010
Discover expert tips, tricks, and techniques that will allow you to create stunning hand-dyed fabrics in virtually any colour and style you can imagine and then use them for any project you like, from quilts to wearable art. With its easy-to-follow instructions, and no-fuss approach, the Fabric Dyers Dictionary is the only dyeing and colour reference book youll ever need!

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: C&T (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571208631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571208637
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 21 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 994,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A guide for creating 900+ specific colors and color ranges with cold-water Procion MX fiber reactive dyes. The book begins with a brief outline of precautions, tools, how to mix the dyes, and some general dye instructions, then moves right into the formulas for mixing colors. Chapters are broken down by colors and each chapter outlines how to dye clear and muted color, with ranges from dark to light, and complementary colors.--Notions, June 1, 2010

About the Author

Linda Johansen is an award-winning fabric artist, a sought-after teacher, and the owner of a successful quilting and design company.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars misleading 22 Aug 2010
By linzi T
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Although for some people this is probably a great book - the title is incredibly misleading! I bought this book as it said it is 'The only dye book you will ever need'. I am a textile designer, and wanted to know more about dyeing different fabrics, and to confirm what I already new. This book goes into great detail with regards creating different colours, which for some is probably invaluable, however, what it negates to say is that it is only for the use of procion dyes, which only dye silk and cotton. 'The only dye book you will ever need', I would expect it to also include dyeing wool and synthetic fabrics.
I don't want to upset the author, as it is a beautifully presented book, however, as a designer with quite a lot of dyeing experience, wanting to know about the subject in more detail, I was incredibly disappointed. This book is more about mixing different colours using one type of dye, (which in my mind is very neglectful)than using different dye stuffs and techniques, which is what I exptected from the title and synopsis.

If dyeing lots of different colours is what you want, then it is a beautiful book - but if you want to buy a book on how to dye - I would not recommend it.

If the title was changed to fabric dyers dictionary of colours, using procion dyes, then maybe it would be ok.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous colour 20 July 2010
I have read many books on dyeing, I love colour. Apart from giving the basics of the process and preparation, this book gives wonderful 'recipes' for dyeing cloth in fabulous shades of colour. None of my other dyeing books do this. So I think this book is tops. In addition it has information on speciality techniques such as soda ash to get texture into the dye, layering and much more. Highly recommended for dyers. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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2.0 out of 5 stars PROBLEM ACCESSING THE BOOK 25 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The first time I tried to read this book, I was unable to go beyond 7%. My kindle shut down to Standby mode. Since then, each time I try to access the book, my kindle goes to standby mode without opening it.

(I was really looking forward to a great time of 'reading/practice' based on its table of contents.)

I do not have this problem with my other books.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fabric dyers dictionary 5 Oct 2010
By seaview
misleading the book information is lable information transferred to the book advertising 2 products. of which only one is available in the uk........The book now sits in the charity shop shelves awaiting the next idiot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for beginning dyers 4 May 2010
By Beverly Hart - Published on Amazon.com
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especially if what you want is recipes for color, not an understanding of color as it applies to dyes. There is enough information about the process to get you started, but no discussion of the chemistry of dyeing that can help you move beyond recipes. And, there is no discussion of color theory and how it applies to using dyes. There are also gaps in the recipes- there are value gradations, and gradations between complementary colors, but nothing else. For my money, Joyce Mori's book is still the best resource to actually learn the process. The exercises she takes you through are more comprehensive, and she has more information about the process and the chemistry than any other beginner's text I've encountered. If you want a dye cookbook, this one will probably work fine for you. If you want to become a dyeing chef, get the Mori book, and Ann Johnston's books.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference book 3 May 2010
By Sue B - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent guide for creating specific colors and color ranges with procion mx fiber reactive dyes. The book begins with a very brief outline of precautions, tools, how to mix the dyes and some general dye instructions and then moves right into the formulas for mixing colors. Formulas are calculated for dyeing fat quarters in 1 quart bags or 1 yard pieces in 1 gallon bags so if you work in different sizes than that you'll need to adjust the formulas accordingly. Chapters are broken down by colors; yellows, oranges, reds, purples, blues, greens and blacks and each chapter outlines how to dye clear and muted colors with ranges from dark to light and complementary cross. There's also a chapter on dyeing rainbows in clear dark/light and muted dark/light as well as some information on specialty techniques such as dyeing obre, twisting, layering and pleating and dipping.

If you're working with cold water procion mx type fiber reactive dye and you want to be able to produce consistent color results then you'll find this book an invaluable reference.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid reference 18 May 2010
By Gloria Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
There are a lot of excellent books on fabric dyeing, and I wasn't sure about the need for yet another new title. After reading it, I was pleasantly surprised and can easily recommend it, especially to a newbie. The book is what the title says it is -- a fabric dyers dictionary with the recipes for some 900+ colors created using Procion MX dyes. The first chapter covers the basics. The meat of the book is color swatches and the recipes to make each color. All are made from some variation of three clear primaries, three muted primaries, three secondary colors, and a black. The recipes are for creating 1/4 yard or 1 yard pieces using zip lock baggies (with some math you can create more yardage). And while the use of baggies is not a new technique, it's a perfect way to get started and lends itself very well for creating an extensive palette of colors without the need for buckets and the like. The book concludes with a brief overview of some specialty techniques such as rope dyeing and painting with thickened dyes. If you're toying with the idea of learning to dye fabric, this book will not disappoint. It could be the only book some may need on the topic, but it's also a handy reference for those with more experience.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Printing of color "swatches" is hideous 25 Dec 2010
By Linda O'Toole - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an experienced dyer, and I own many other books on dyeing. This particular book is wonderfully useful and much needed. Why the low rating? The printing of the color swatches is abysmal. There is no excuse for having such poor quality of printed color in a book that is all about color. The color quality is so poor that "clear red" looks like muted purple. I literally can not tell which end of the spectrum is suppose to be the "clear green" and which is suppose to be the "muted green." A very big disappointment. The author has done a wonderful job of producing a fine book; her publisher has let her, and her readers, down.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good to get you started on making your own swatches but not really the ideal resource 10 Feb 2012
By ninadora - Published on Amazon.com
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I kind of hate this book but I can honestly see its utility for the right dyer. The author uses no weight... so its impossible to reproduce the results exactly-- but I am not here to tell you you have to use a scale..use your measuring spoons if it makes you happy. I also don't think that the intention of the book was to give you an exact color recipes (how could it be?) I believe she wants you to use the book as a guide for making your own swatches...I'm not really clear on the whole thing.

I do find it frustrating because even when I want to approximate her color I can't possibly scale up the authors recipes if I don't know how much her cloth weighed. We all know muslin, broadcloth etc are different weights per fat quarter...I can't even use this book if I try because I don't know how many teaspoons of dye solution to add if I'm dyeing three yards of white flannel! I do get an idea of how colors mix using the book but she uses an odd selection of dyes (using mixtures instead of pure dyes like tangerine instead of golden yellow when they are very similar colors) and shows no three color combos (if I recall correctly) which would have been really helpful. Its also not the most interesting selection of colors that she's showing you... The work at the end is pretty awful too...I am not quite sure how this author got to write this book-- Writing this review makes me want to give the book a one star review, but there's nothing else like it on the market and I honestly do flip through it, but I feel resentful while I do it!

just in case you don't see the review about dye type this book is only relevant to MX dyes and for dyeing white cotton muslin fat quarters...trust me, if you don't know how to dye fabric this is not the book you should buy to learn, it doesn't really tell you that part.
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