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Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece: Dip-Dyeing, Hand-Painting, Tie-Dyeing, and Other Creative Techniques Spiral-bound – 8 Jan 2010

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  • Spiral-bound: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC; Spi edition (8 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603424687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603424684
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gail Callahan, the Kangaroo Dyer was dragged kicking and screaming to dyeing, because of need. The lovely yarn she wanted to use for a weaving project was available only in a natural color. She began dyeing with great trepidation, and now, after modest success, dyes any animal fiber in sight. After discovering the joy of dyeing she feels that anyone can learn simple techniques, dye any color, and appreciate the joy of creating their own yarns. Gail has developed a concept of a "color grid" to help others understand how a project comes together, what brings it to life, and makes it exciting; no matter what the medium. Gail dyes yarn and fabric as the Kangaroo Dyer on her own web site: www.kangaroodyer.com and at www.yarn.com for Webs, America's yarn store.
Gail's book Hand Dyeing Yarn And Fleece has received excellent reviews. Two of the most notable or interesting are -
Clara Parks' Review in Knitters Review
http://www.knittersreview.com/article_book.asp?article=/review/reading/100318_a.asp
and a you tube review from the folks at Jimmy Beans -
Jimmy Beans book review.
http://deshiyoutube.com/video/dOk_J1s-S4o/Hand-Dyeing-Yarn-and-Fleece-Book-Review.html

Gail posted the following on her web site about her silk yardage work -
I am soooo excited!! I wanted to share this with all my friends. Recently, Elle Décor (http://www.elledecor.com/image/tid/5648?pause=0&page=2)
displayed one of my dyed silk yardage pieces in their magazine. Kathy Elkins blogged about it (http://blog.yarn.com/) on June 2. I hope you will take the time to visit these two sites.

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As we re heading into the bleak winter months here in the northern hemisphere, Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece is really a great companion to keep the color in your life. Following Callahan s steps to create a safe dye studio, you could work your way through her exercises all the way to spring and keep yourself content with all the good stuff coming out of your dye pots."

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Kissun on 11 Jan. 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
I bought the book and found it very helpful, it has so many techniques that would normally take a while of trawling through the internet to find, and the projects in the back are lovely. There's a lot of advice which is very encouraging to new dyers and the steps make dyeing look easier than most other resources.

If you are interested in dyeing plant fibres, then you'll want to look elsewhere as this book focuses on wool and animal hairs and has almost no information about using procion mx dyes for those interested in dyeing cotton or linen etc.
My only other criticism is the spiral binding, lots of people on the American site are saying that it's great as it lets the book lie flat, but when I was reading the book, I found that many of the inside edges of the pages were stuck together around the binding wire which resulted in a few nearly and lightly torn pages
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Feltfanatic. on 25 July 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
I am a felt making tutor who was keen to start dyeing my own fibres. I had bookmarked many websites and blogs and everyone seemed to be doing it differently so after many hours searching the net, I came across this on amazon and what a treat it has been. Every possible technique you could want with clear instructions, fantastic photography and easy to do at home projects. I later devised a 3 day workshop based on the findings of this book and it gave my students the confidence to go home and ' get dyeing '. Buy and enjoy!!
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Edited 29th January. DISAPPOINTED!
I really wanted to like this book, & the bit I do like, I like very much, but it is only a little bit, & not enough to justify a book, or the price of a book.

I've now had this book a`week, so have had time to read it thoroughly. My original review (below) stands, but I'm sorry that I've had to downgrade my rating to 2 stars as this book - despite its title - is totally inadequate regarding the dyeing of fleece & unspun fibre, which is the prime reason I bought it. I'll keep it as a handy reference for multi-colour techniques of dyeing spun protein fibres - but that's only around 30% of the book, which made it an expensive purchase. The useful and original content of this book, quite frankly, could have been published more appropriately as an illustrated pamphlet.

In addition, I'd love to ask the author why ~20% of the content of a dyeing book would be knitting patterns? This is just, IMO, a very blatant, cheap form of padding, nothing more. It leaves me with a poor impression of the author.

Original review:
The content of this book appears interesting and useful with some innovative ways for the hobby dyer to 'arrange' colours on yarn or fibre and get striking results, and the safety information - both personal and environmental - is good. The photography shows the luscious colours, patterns, blends and combos achieved with the author's techniques BUT I have several caveats about this book as a whole which have resulted in my only giving it 3 stars.

First - and perhaps a minor gripe for some, but to me an indication of poor practice - the page numbers use a very pale pastel font, so it's difficult to navigate round the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Hamilton on 21 July 2012
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this is a brilliant book and starts at the very basics of dyeing, listing all the things you will need, the various techniques of dyeing, how wools react, different wools to use, and loads of methods for adding colour.

i would definatly recommend this as being a perfect beginners dyeing book with lots of fantastic pictures to lust over and provide inspiration
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By Tina Ballard on 3 Sept. 2013
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Good informative book on acid dyes for woolen and protien textiles. Lovely to look at with an inspirational use of colour. Cannot wait to get started.
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By Martina Muller on 14 May 2013
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Excellent book, very well written, great supporting photography. If, like me, you don't know anything about dyeing you will find it really useful.
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By Amazon Customer on 31 May 2013
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Great book with easy to understand information and instructions.
Would recommend it for any person interested in using natural materials.
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A really well thought through book with lots of ideas to encourage a new dyer. Spiral bound, so easy to use and good starter projects.
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