Dyeing to Stitch :: Blog Tour & Giveaway

I have the honor of sharing a new DVD with you today!

My friend Candy, recently filmed all her dyeing secrets with Quilting Arts, and has a 70 minute DVD to start you on your dyeing journey, or answer all your unanswered questions!

Candy is a Biology Professor at the University of Redlands, by day, which makes her very concise, and a great presenter of information!  The DVD is broken into chapters, making it easy to get to the information that you need.

I loved seeing Candy in action, she shares her methods for mixing dyes and how to scrunch/pleat your fabric for varied effects.  She uses a low water immersion process to dye, so you don’t need a 10 gallon pot to alter a yard of fabric (bonus!).  After many experiments, she found that she does not need to heat the dye for a permanent bond to be made with the fabric.  The scientist in her, has a binder full of results from all the experiments as well – super thorough!

The workshop focus’ on Candy’s jewel tone palette, complete with dye recipes.  And she encourages you to develop your own palettes to set limits for yourself, which in turns gives you more freedom to create with your fabrics.

The segment on color theory, was amazing!  Candy has carefully, and beautifully dyed dozens of variations of the same  three colors, to be able to find new tones, and shades with varied depth and texture.  And of course it’s all recorded so she can easily replicate any color she desires!

Finally, Candy shares her unique style of creating art.  Her sketchy stitching gives definition to the piece without taking away from the beauty of the hand dyed fabrics.

I said at the top, that Candy filmed all her dyeing secrets, but now I’m thinking this is just the tip of her knowledge!  The DVD is a wealth of information, perfect for anyone looking to hone their dyeing skills, and considering how to put their “glorious” hand dyed fabrics to good use.

**You can preview the video here.

Sidenote : Last year a few of us got together and made a quilt for a new baby, using Candy’s fabrics

Photo courtesy of AmyLouWhoSews

There’s more about the project, in this post, but working with Candy’s fabrics, was so fun!  They were really soft and the palette was just right for little Maggie.  Don’t you think?

If you would like to win a copy of “Dyeing to Stitch” leave me a  comment!

Tell me why you would like to learn to dye, or why you dye already.

I’ll select a winner on Friday, November 25, 2011.

Good luck ~ Amy

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  1. Tammy Bowser November 21, 2011 at 6:12 am

    This is the one thing I am dyeing to learn. I love fabrics that are not the same. I want to be able to make all my own fabric colors. I need a starting point, and think this is the answer!

  2. shout4joy November 21, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I like to dye fabric to get unique pieces…though I still haven’t got it down and keep trying to get what I want…LOVE dyed fabrics!

  3. Marjorie November 21, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I would love to win that book because I need yet another fabric related addiction (which I’m sure dying would become.)

  4. candy November 21, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I dye a bit already but fascinated to see this process. Thank you for the opportunity. Its been fun to see different blogs this way.

  5. Mary on Lake Pulaski November 21, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I would love to learn how to dye fabric so I could make a soft cute quilt like Maggie is laying on!!

  6. Debbie M November 21, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Candy’s color chart is so delicious! I love the satisfying feeling I get after dyeing and seeing all the beautiful colors. Double satisfying is working with fabric that I dyed myself!

  7. Stray Stitches November 21, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I think it would be fun to learn to learn how to dye. Just think of all the different colors you could create! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

  8. Betty November 21, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I have always thought I would like to dye my own fabric. I have just never pursued that idea. With the DVD I would have everything at hand to make all these fantastic colors, and can say I did it myself.

  9. joan November 21, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I love fabric dyeing, but have a hard time cutting into those beautiful pieces of fabric. Maybe this would get me inspired to actually use them… But they are so pretty all folded and stacked! :-)

  10. Em November 21, 2011 at 8:01 am

    What fun it would be to take one more step of the creative process in my own hands.

  11. Gill November 21, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I’ve done a bit of dyeing and I love the whole process – from mixing the dyes to the final reveal of the colours because I’m never quite sure how it’s going to turn out!!! and for me that’s half the fun!

  12. Karin på Ösäter November 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I keep on trying, I would really LOVE to win this DVD.

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  14. Tsigeyusv November 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I’ve been afraid of dying, but it always looks like so much fun. Perhaps this could get me started?

  15. Beth November 21, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I would love to learn to dye so I could have one of a kind fabrics – I have played around with it a bit and it was fun!

  16. Sandy N November 21, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I haven’t dyed in years but would love to get back into it. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

  17. eadaoine November 21, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I would love to learn how to dye fabric!

  18. eileen November 21, 2011 at 9:10 am

    i’ve really wanted to try dyeing. for years it’s been intriguing to see hand dyed fabrics and having tried various things to alter paper, it seems like a logical progression. thanks for the opportunity and have a great day

  19. Jan November 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Dying fabric has been on my “to-do” list for a long time; but I’ve been a little fearful of getting started. There is something special about quilts made with hand-dyed fabrics. Candy’s fabrics are beautiful and I’d love to win.

  20. Jenn November 21, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I know someone who is always in tie-dye and I am amazed at the colors created. It certainly isn’t what I did in elementary school. The idea of making a quilt from my own created colors. How fun! I love the jewel tones too!

  21. Pat @ Color Me Quilty November 21, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I love to dye and I would love to learn more about it!

  22. Karen November 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I love to dye, I love color, I love the surprise of how the fabric turns out.

  23. Stephanie Zito November 21, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Wow! Incredible giveaway! I’d LOVE to learn how to die my own fabrics for unique quilts and projects! The only thing I’ve ever died was t-shirts and onesies (tie-die method) and had so much fun doing that! Thanks for the chance to win Candy’s DVD! It looks super interesting and fun!

  24. Leslie McNeil November 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Darling, for sure! (Maggie and the quilt)! Would love to win; thanks for having the tour!

  25. Hannele November 21, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I love the dyeing process because it is always exciting to see the end result – and learn! :)

  26. Vicki November 21, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Wow, it looks like such a great resource. I’ve dyed fabric a few times but am no expert for sure. I’d love to win the DVD! :D

  27. Shelly Burge November 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I would love to win Candy’s DVD, it looks like a valuable resource for dyeing your own fabric. I will keep my fingers crossed I win (which will make it difficult to make Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday).
    Thanks, Shelly

  28. Carol Shatananda-Richard November 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I think dyeing your own fabric increases the possibilities of what you can do with your quilts. I love color and love playing with color. Even when I painted as a child I would also mix the colors to see what new color emerged. I guess dying my own fabric is the natural step forward! :)

  29. Elle November 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I went to a dyeing workshop and had so much fun with it, but the methods we used were not safe for use at home without a glove box because of the toxicity of the dyes, and I’ve never had the opportunity to try it again. I really want to, as the fabrics I dyed in that workshop are some of my favorites, and I’m always afraid to use them for fear that I’ll run out (though since it has been over 8 years, I recently decided it was time to enjoy them in projects rather than in my fabric stash!). I’d love to win her DVD – especially because I also love her thread sketching and would love to learn how she does that. Thanks!

  30. Lynne November 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I already dye my own yarns, both wool and acrylic, so it’s time to take the next step into cotton fabrics!

  31. Jeannie November 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I would love to see Candy’s DVD. I have been a huge fan of her website for years and her fabric is eye candy! Thanks for the opportunity to have a chance to add this to my library and watch Candy work her magic!

  32. Jeannie November 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I’ll try this again. (Sorry if two posts show up, I got an error message.) I would love to be able to watch Candy work her magic with cloth and dye. Thanks so much for hosting the give away.

  33. Connie November 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I would love to win this! I tried dying many years ago and kind of liked it but I really think Candy’s methods sound like something I would love!

  34. Ruth B November 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I would love to learn how to dye!!! I’ve been fascinated by hand dyed fabrics for a long time now and the opportunity to dye my own fabrics for subtle color changes for applique would be fantastic! Fingers crossed.

  35. Mims November 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    i’ve dyed wool and silk yarn before. i love playing with color, and i’d love to learn how to dye fabric!

  36. Donna Cutting November 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I’d love to win and learn all about dying fabric. Always wanted to learn so that I could make just the color I wanted. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Deb November 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I have never dyed but I think it sounds SO interesting and would love to give it a try!

  38. Gjeneve Hopkinson November 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I love to dye fabric and am always looking for new ideas. This book sounds like a goodie.

  39. Grace November 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I would love to learn how to dye so I can have my own unique fabrics for my handmade items! Thanks for the chance.

  40. Katrina November 21, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I’d like to dye my own fabrics with natural sources because it means there’s a lot less chemicals in it. I’ve tried it once with an old blanket and it turned out pretty well.

  41. Jay November 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I love dyeing my own fabric….and using fabric dyed by others. There is just something so unique and gorgeous about hand-dyes…a richness you don’t see in manufactured fabrics!

  42. Nancy November 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I have just taken a class from Laura Wasilowski, using her beautiful hand dyes. If I could learn to dye, it would make using hand dyes so much more affordable…not to mention they’re gorgeous to pet!!

  43. Maureen from Ventura November 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I have dyed before, but my results have been in the pastel range, nothing as vibrant as Candy achieves. It would be great to have the benefit of her knowledge!!

  44. Evelyn November 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    This looks like a dyeing technique I would enjoy doing.

  45. Rachelle November 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I haven’t dyed since I got my front loader washing machine; I used to dye in my old top-loader and would love to get started again.

  46. Leslie Collins November 22, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I have been wanting to take a class in fabric dying for the last three years, but have never been able to make it happen. I’m hoping that this DVD will be exactly what I need to get me making my own beautiful hand-dyes!

  47. Deb November 22, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I have dyed in the past – it was great fun! Not so much fun, however, when we moved to a place without a laundry tub in the laundry room. The last straw was one snowy night when I was in the middle of dyeing/washing/rinsing fabrics and the power went out. I don’t think I’ve dyed since, though I still have half a bolt of PFD lying around.

  48. Sue Bone November 22, 2011 at 12:59 am

    I have dyed in the past, usually to get a custom wide backing to go with a particular quilt top as backings are generally in fairly boring colours.

  49. Elisa November 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I would love to win this…

  50. Judi November 22, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I would love to win a copy of this! I haven’t ever tried dying fabric. I’ve wanted to, but I think it’s intimidating. It’s one of those things I’ve intended to try but never been brave enough to. I need this DVD!

  51. Kitty November 22, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Serendipity has brought me to your blog for the first time today, just in time to enter for the DVD drawing. I’ve done a little dyeing and have read some books on it, but there is nothing like having someone show you in person. I’m especially interested in the section on color theory and Candy’s recipes to reproduce just the color you want. Thank you for having this give away. I’m off to explore more of your blog!

  52. Carmen November 22, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I love lots of fiber arts and am just getting into sewing. I would love to be able to develop my own fabric colors through dyeing!

  53. MarciaW November 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I have not attempted dyeing, other than Ritz prepared dyes, and would like to win this DVD because of the instruction on colors. Plus, it is created by Candy who knows what to do and how to teach it. Thanks for the chance.

  54. Brandy M. November 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I’d LOVE to learn how to dye because dying my own fabric would allow me to create fabric in whatever colors I wanted, or what I couldn’t find elsewhere. Plus, the added knowledge that you’ve played an even larger role in the entire production of your creation (dying the fabric, creating the quilt pattern, sewing the quilt, quilting it, etc..) is even better!

    I LOVE to touch fabric, but I’m not ALWAYS in the mood to “sew.” Learning to dye would give one more way to play with fabric in a different way.

    Hand dyed fabric also makes GREAT gifts!!!


  55. Rachel November 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I’m always ready to learn something new, but this would also be great to do with my MIL, aunt and grandma when we get together to quilt!

  56. Sybil November 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I’ve done some fabric dying in the past but have had the passion re-ignited since my sister made a quilt called Gramcraker Squares out of fabrics I dyed years ago. I had given her (unloaded?) the fabrics because I thought they were boring and insipid. Now looking at them in a quilt – I’m thinking….”wow! they look pretty cool!”

  57. janita November 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I am intrigued by those who dye their own fabric and would love to learn how to do it. have you ever seen the fabric from Liberty Homestead at quilt shows? I love it . thank you for a chance to win this book. Janita

  58. Bev DeMaria November 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    This will be the perfect gift for my quilting buddy! We have done a bit of dying and love the effects of snow dying. She wants to learn how to get good multi-hued pieces of fabric, too.

  59. Kristin M November 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I have played a small amount with dyeing fabrics, but would really love to have specially made colors for quilts that I make.

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  61. Kd November 23, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Wow, this looks like the greatest DVD! Candy has a ton of information that she covers here. Thanks for the great giveaway. Kd

  62. Kathy November 23, 2011 at 8:07 am

    My last quilt was done with dyed background fabric. I am not a fan of white. I buy muslin by the bolt a JoAnn Fabrics with a coupon and it’s pretty cheap. I LOVE to sew with muslin. It is very reasonable for someone like me that is very new to quilting and I don’t want to spend a bundle on fabric yet. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  63. Stacey November 23, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I would love to learn how to do this!

  64. Kathy November 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I became addicted to fabric dyeing two years ago when our local fabric shop closed. It started out of necessity and it now has become a passion with snow dyeing being my favorite method. I follow Candy’s blog and would love to win a copy of ‘Dyeing to Stitch”.

  65. Bonnie November 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I’m definitely a beginner, but I’m loving the results so far. I can see there’s a lot of inspiration out there! Looks like a great DVD!

  66. Anya November 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I’ve seen some of the dyeing that my friends have done and I’d love to try it myself! Thanks for the chance!

  67. Jusa November 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    It’s called “Empty Nest Syndrome.” Son went off to college. I need something to keep me occupied. May as well be something really fun. I did a little dying ages ago. This would have been a big help.

  68. Marshall November 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I’d like to learn to dye because it yields such beautiful and unique fabrics and the thought of it completely overwhelms me right now.

  69. Lori Suss November 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I started dyeing fabric a few years ago and i am always interested to try different techniques. Candy’s fabric is gorgeous! Who wouldn’t want to dye fabric as nice as hers. Thanks for the chance to win.

  70. Retiredskinny November 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I love to learn new things and this is one I have not tried but now that I am retired I have the time.

  71. Retiredskinny November 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I love the concept and I am always willing to learn new things.

  72. Kay November 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I would love to learn to dye, because hand-dyed fabrics are so beautiful, and I would love to learn to produce those beautiful colors myself.

  73. Linda V November 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I would so love to learn this! I have a whole bolt of muslin ready to go! thanks for the giveaway!!

  74. Laura November 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I would love to learn to dye to make more creative applique and stained glass quilts.

  75. Lynnette K November 25, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I would love to win the DVD. I have the dye already to go : ) just haven’t been brave enough to have a go at dyeing my fabric. Thanks

  76. Claire November 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I’d love to win this. Thanks for offering it.

  77. Marti Meadows November 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    would love to win this dvd. Her colors are wonderful!

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