Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Have you the urge...

To dabble at dyeing? If so, the following book may be a worthwhile addition to your library if you haven't gotten it already!



As a handdyer myself, I am always curious about new techniques and especially at glimpses into other dyers' studios. The Yarn Lover's Guide to Hand Dyeing: Beautiful Color and Simple Knits is a lovely book that satisfies both curiosities. Starting with a brief overview including safety tips and workspace preparation, the book delves into different types of dyes (from kool-aid and food coloring to one-shot dyes, fiber reactive dyes and various acid dyes) and application techniques. Each chapter includes several simple patterns making use of the yarn that has been dyed using instructions from that chapter. The dye instructions were very thorough, complete with clear written instructions and photographs. The patterns are primarily small projects (hats, mitts, scarves/wraps) that that vary in complexity, though each does a nice job showcasing the dye technique being featured. Each chapter also includes an interview with a dyer - and even better, a little glimpse into their workspaces. These interludes were a real treat :D stay tuned, and I'll give you a wee peek into my own recent adventures!

2 comments:

cayli said...

A peak at your dyeing adventures!? I can't wait.

amysbabies said...

that looks like a great book!