Dyeing to Stitch :: Blog Tour & Giveaway


Posted on November 21st, by Amy in give away, review, video. 84 comments

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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84 thoughts on “Dyeing to Stitch :: Blog Tour & Giveaway

  1. 1
    Tammy Bowser says:

    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!

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    shout4joy says:

    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!

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    Marjorie says:

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

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    candy says:

    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.

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

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    Debbie M says:

    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!

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    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!

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    Betty says:

    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.

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    joan says:

    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! :-)

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    Em says:

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

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    Gill says:

    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!

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

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    Tsigeyusv says:

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

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    Beth says:

    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!

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    Sandy N says:

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

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    eadaoine says:

    I would love to learn how to dye fabric!

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    eileen says:

    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

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    Jan says:

    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.

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    Jenn says:

    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!

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

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    Karen says:

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

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    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. 24

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

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    Hannele says:

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

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    Vicki says:

    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

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    Shelly Burge says:

    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

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    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! :)

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    Elle says:

    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!

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    Lynne says:

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

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    Jeannie says:

    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!

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    Jeannie says:

    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.

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    Connie says:

    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!

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    Ruth B says:

    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.

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    Mims says:

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

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    Donna Cutting says:

    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.

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    Deb says:

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

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    Gjeneve Hopkinson says:

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

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    Grace says:

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

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    Katrina says:

    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.

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    Jay says:

    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!

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    Nancy says:

    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!!

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    Maureen from Ventura says:

    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!!

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    Evelyn says:

    This looks like a dyeing technique I would enjoy doing.

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    Rachelle says:

    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.

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    Leslie Collins says:

    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!

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    Deb says:

    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.

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    Sue Bone says:

    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.

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    Elisa says:

    I would love to win this…

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    Judi says:

    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!

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    Kitty says:

    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!

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    Carmen says:

    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!

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    MarciaW says:

    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.

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    Brandy M. says:

    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!!!

    :)

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    Rachel says:

    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!

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    Sybil says:

    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!”

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    janita says:

    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

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    Bev DeMaria says:

    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.

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    Kristin M says:

    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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    Kd says:

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

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    Kathy says:

    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.

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    Stacey says:

    I would love to learn how to do this!

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    Kathy says:

    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”.

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    Bonnie says:

    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!

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    Anya says:

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

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    Jusa says:

    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.

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    Marshall says:

    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.

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    Lori Suss says:

    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.

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    Retiredskinny says:

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

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    Retiredskinny says:

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

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    Kay says:

    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.

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    Linda V says:

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

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    Laura says:

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

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    Lynnette K says:

    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

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    Claire says:

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

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    Marti Meadows says:

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

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