Thursday, May 18, 2017

So you want to dye some fabric?

A recent Facebook post by Robbie E. turned into a wonderful discussion all about dyeing and washing out cotton fabric. I made a couple new friends that way; one wrote: "This is making me so confused. All I want to do is start dyeing! Any tips on where to start?" Lots of people pitched in before me to praise Ann Johnston's book "Color By Accident." It's still the standard reference, and I was happy to recently revisit some of Ann's techniques. I've been able to scale up to larger pieces of fabric, given the right container.
Another excellent book for beginners is "Tray Dyeing" by Claire Benn & Leslie Morgan. Time to re-read that one!
There are great on-line resources available at Pro Chemical & Dye and Dharma Trading, plus Paula Burch's website here.
And, if you're coming to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza show at Oaks, PA, I'm teaching Dye Boot Camp on Thursday, September 14.
Now that the nice weather is here, it's time to give dye a chance!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Testing, testing

Took a photo of my upgraded methods to test for bleeding.
1- fold a piece over and iron between white fabric
And
2- throw a white swatch into the hot wash to look for bleeding in the washer

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dye Cadets, at ease.

Dye Boot Camp is coming up at MQX - the Machine Quilters' Festival in Manchester, NH. I will be teaching and lecturing there all week - the first class is Dye Boot Camp on Wednesday, April 5 at 8 AM! It will be a quick four-hour version covering everything you need to know about dyeing cotton quilt fabric - AND about washing it out! #MQX
Sign up here! (It's the third on the list.)

Class hard at work, learning something new. :-)
 Colors, colors and more colors!
No hat this year, but the whistle might have to be pulled out!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

One time event!

This week is the Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey. It's in Somerset, at the Garden State Convention Center. I'm teaching on Saturday, and it's the only time I'm taking this class on the road. There are only three seats left, and you can sign up Thursday and Friday at the show. Here's a peek:
https://youtu.be/0ugDcsgLvr8

Thursday, February 09, 2017

It's show time!!

The spring quilt shows are here!
Join us at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 22 - 26, booth 605.
Join us at the Quilt and Sewing Festival of New Jersey, March 2 - 5, booth 604.
Join us at the Machine Quilting Exposition, April 5 - 8, booth 180.
If you receive our newsletter, you already have a coupon you can use in the booth. If you don't get it - why not? You can sign up here in the box to the right. Thanks!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Knitting and Dyeing and a Factory, Oh My!

The ladies in the Shoo Fly Quilters of Boyertown know that I have a soft spot in my heart for old machinery. Hubby and I used to own Bahr's Mill - an historic woodworking mill just outside of town. And when we travel, we try to find factory tours where ever we can. (Tip - Lowell, Massachusetts, north of Boston, is home to Lowell National Historical Park. Go there!)
Last week I was able to get my factory fix at Kraemer Yarn in Nazareth, PA. (Yep, Nazareth, and that's close to Emmaus and Bethlehem for those of you who aren't from around here.) And it turns out that they sell skeins of yarn - thirty-six different varieties - for dyeing! I have eleven here now and need to narrow that down to about three or four to add to my collection, er, inventory. I'm definitely keeping the super-chunky thick and thin variety. It's at the top of this picture. I also got some already-dyed yarn, but can't share the details until after December 25th. Another plus is that not only is it spun right here in Pennsylvania, it's made from US wool!
Now around here I'll dye anything that can't run away. Can you help me by answering some questions? There's a survey here. And if you're not on the DippyDyes mailing list, you can sign up at the bottom. Thanks!

Monday, November 21, 2016

1000 Yards of Fabric Looks Like This:


The FedEx Ground guy stopped by the house today and delivered my winter's work. It's 500 yards each of Pimatex and Kona in PFD bleach white. For comparison, if this was on 15-yard bolts, there'd be 67 of them.
The next step - moving them to the storeroom on the third floor. And if you wonder - the three boxes these came in weighed 341 pounds all together. Who needs a gym membership?!
PS - praying for snow next!