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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2005
I've wanted to dye my own fabrics for ages but have always been slightly daunted by the instructions given in other books. This book makes it seem easy and has given me the confidence to try out several of the techniques described. This is already saving me a fortune as it's much cheaper to buy plain fabrics and threads and dye my own - and I can create the colours and textures that I want rather than make do with what's available.
The book ranges from very simple techniques to the more advanced - including space dyeing, tie-dyeing, printing and use of resists. I easily tracked down the more specialised materials using the suppliers listed in the back of the book (much of what you need can be found in the local supermarket).
Note that the book only deals with cold water dyes.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2005
This book is a fantastic resource book. Full of beautiful pictures and tons of useful wasy to dye cloth. It looks at the types of dyes suitable for use and how to prepare them in simple step by step instructions. It also covers different types of fabrics to try and provides hundreds of different techniques to use. I believe this is an ESSENTIAL book for anyone interested in colour. An excellent teaching guide.Highly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2007
I am a complete lay person as far as dyeing fabric is concerned. I almost sent this book back as it did seem very technical, referring to lots of chemicals and plenty of Health & Safety advice. But on closer inspection there are sections on some simple stuff that I can try just to begin with, for instance traditional tie dyeing or using flour and water as a resist (similar to using wax in batik). As for (d)eye candy, this book has it by the bucket full, the sumptuous colours have convinced me to keep the book and give it a go.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2004
The presentation of colour in this book is amazing. There is also information on a range of techniques that are covered in greater detail in other publications. It is a taster into the art of colouring fabric, and as such contains some useful information, although some of the dye products listed are already no longer available. Worth buying if you like a colour treat which I do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2013
RUTH ISSETT IS FANTASTIC , DO READ ALL HER BOOKS, SHE IS A VERY VERY GOOD TUTOR, AND HER BOOKS ARE THERE FOR YOU IF YOU CANT GET TO ANY OF HER CLASSES , PRODUCE THESE WONDERFUL COLOURS YOURSELF
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2012
Excellent book by Ruth Issett, eaasy to follow instructions to produce beautifully dyed fabrics and threads.
Great for the beginner as well as the more experienced dyer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2013
Clear instructions and helpful information about procion dying on textiles. Good addition to a craft library. Did find the colours a bit garish but that's personal taste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2014
Well put together, simple initiation to colour mixing and dyeing techniques. Good value for money. Will be a great help in my course work.
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on 22 January 2013
Packed with information for dying textiles of different sorts and inspires with all the various techniques I was not so sure about.
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on 13 June 2014
I found the colours in this book wonderful. Only started reading it last night but feel I am learning with every page.
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