About a week ago Averyclaire tagged me for a Bookworm Award, where one has to nominate the book closest to you and quote from page 56, then pass the award on to five other people. While I thank her for thinking of me, I’m afraid I’m not going to play and pass it on, but am happy to mention one book I have been reading in recent times.
The Surface Designer’s Handbook – Dyeing, Printing, Painting and Creating Resists on Fabric by Holly Brackman, is a fairly technical and academic book about colouring fabrics in many ways, as well as embellishment with foils, embroidery and beads, heaps of recipes, instructions, tips and tricks. Page 56 features this photograph of a scarf made from black rayon yarn with a discharged woven shibori resist and then dyed. Not sure what that means or how one does it, and don’t particularly like the colours…….
I was quite pleased with these, and can understand how people become hooked on dyeing stuff. I love the mottled woollen fabric, and can imagine something stitched in the matching woollen yarn. No doubt with practice one learns the way dyes react with each other, and with careful discipline and record keeping can predict and replicate colours. For me at present it is definitely hit or miss, and I fear today’s efforts may be less appealing – the fabric is still soaking and looks a bit sludgy!