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Shabd Simon-Alexander
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18 July 2013
Tie-dyeing is a versatile technique that has been used throughout the world to add interesting colours and patterns to fabrics, and to easily refresh tired wardrobe basics. Recently it has been reclaimed as a fashion-forward technique that can be adapted to suit any taste or palette, from intensely colourful to subtle and refined. This book offers a basic understanding of colour, fabrics, and dyeing, and a fully illustrated step-by-step guide to five basic tie-dye methods (scrunch, stripes, bubbles, bull's eye, and spiral). More than 25 fresh project ideas - from ombre dresses to a dreamy watercolour tote, Indian-style placemats to a watermelon painted children's top - will help readers fully explore the many possibilities this hand-dye technique offers. Tips will be included for creating tie-dye with children, using alternate household materials, and understanding how different fabrics can alter the final look of your design.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307965732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307965738
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 24.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shabd Simon-Alexander is an internationally renowned dye artist with a background in fine arts. Her clothing line, shabd, is carried in high-end boutiques and contemporary art museums around the world. She teaches hand-dyeing and had the honor of teaching

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Great book, easy to read and full of examples and ideas. Slightly lacking in instructions on how to get the great effects shown. I would have found it useful (for example) to be showed step-by-step how to achieve the basics, then perhaps one of the advanced designs, and then show the other patterns, with reference to relevant steps in previous instructions. Pictures of real items (as opposed to the very simplistic sketches) would also have helped to get a solid understanding of the techniques.

Having said this, I would definitely recommend this book, and hope that a future edition may show some more step-by-step instructions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tie Dye 26 Nov 2013
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Love this book. It is extremely informative and Shab D words it in a way that you can understand at home. I haven't tried any projects yet but there is a huge variety on offer from easy to more difficult. My house is rather small and busy so I am waiting for warmer weather so I am able to use my outside space for some of the projects. I will however, absorb all the information during the winter months.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 4 Aug 2014
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This is such a good book for someone who wants to learn this Art form. It explains and shows different types of tie-dye and how they are done. So much information and instruction. Love the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift. 11 Dec 2013
By alibabe
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Bought as part of a Christmas present, as it is for as fashion student. Great service arrived on time and in excellent condition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tie-dye Just Moved into the 21st Century! 17 Jun 2013
By Brigitte - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who lived in the 70s definitely remembers tie-dye experiments on a variety of fabrics. Twisted, crunched, sometimes worked with elastic bands as resists, then dipped or sprayed with color, voila: A former white shirt now has a circular pattern. Been there, done that. So when I laid eyes on Shabd Simon-Alexander new book "Tie-Dye, Dye it, Wear it, Share it" which just came out from Potter Craft, I confess that I expected about as much new insight into this particular hippie craft as one gets from a week old newspaper. Boy, was I in for a pleasant surprise.

Simon-Alexander really knows her subject and is able to write engagingly about it. She gives clear, well thought-out instructions on tools and materials, processes and techniques. Most materials can be bought at a grocery store if one doesn't have them at home already. The book is mainly directed at beginners with its comprehensive overview of the art of dyeing, list of materials, design choices and instructions on how to apply the various techniques. I found her color mixing chart, the overview of various tying patterns particularly helpful, a color wheel made from dyed baby socks was a cute throw-in. The book also offers a few pieces for those who already mastered spiral design and cord bind-offs and who want to move beyond the simple go-to white T-shirt. The Geode Skirt (Level: Intermediate, Tie Method: Scrunch, Dye Method: Immersion, Curing time: 1 hour), the Polka Dot Dress and the Lattice Tablecloth are pieces directed at more advanced crafters but not at all outside the reach of an ambitious beginner either.

What I really enjoyed about this book though is the photography. Far from the dreaded shag carpet backdrops of the 70s, Simon-Alexander brings tie-dyeing into the 21st century by working with excellent photographers who deliver all materials and finished items on white backgrounds instead of old-fashioned structured backgrounds. That really helps with viewing all tie-dye results in a completely neutral manner - and it is very easy on the eyes too.

Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks and Simon-Alexander's book absolutely delivers, it is both instructive and enjoyable. Bonus points to the publisher for making this available in print and as an e-book as well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas 20 Aug 2013
By Flexy - Published on Amazon.com
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After getting by monthly DIY box from Brit and co, this month was tie dye. Wanting to know more I went to their blog and they raved about this book and a specific type of dye (its talked about in the book). So I ordered it. I've now spent many not so lazy days using all the techniques shown. And it gives lots of history and knowledge on tie dyeing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shabd's Tie Dye Book~ 12 Jun 2013
By Shauna Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Shabd's book is very beautiful and clear. It is helpful and informative.
I never knew tie dye could be so many different styles. She has certainly
brought the art to a higher level. I highly recommend the book!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing tie-dye book 16 Oct 2013
By shibori fan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best books I have seen on tie-dye and shibori. The instructions are comprehensive and very clear. There are helpful tables summarizing the essential information. It is useful for beginners or experienced dyers. Lots of excellent ideas and photos. This is a must-have for anyone interested in tie-dye and shibori.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 1 Jan 2014
By Caitlin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is amazing, so helpful and easy to follow. I gave it to my friend for xmas and she loved it. I recommend it!
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