Color by Accident: Low-water Immersion Dyeing

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Ann Johnston, 1997 - Dyes and dyeing - 94 pages
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Color by Accident: Low-Water Immersion Dyeing is designed to be used as a workbook and as a reference manual for the adventuresome. Beginning and experienced dyers will find it to be an inspiring guide for creating one-of-a-kind fabrics not available commercially. It includes Five Variations on a versatile method and 54 tested recipes. NOT required are expensive equipment, dangerous chemicals or specialized studio space. Other books teach how to repeat a method and reproduce colors. This book points the way to exploring new color combinations and to achieving fabric that will be unique and visually complex. Color by Accident is different from other dye books:┐The approach is spontaneous.┐The small amount of water used makes dyeing easy.┐The recipes can be adapted to fit any schedule.┐No salt is required.┐The results are one-of-a-kind. This book┐s continued popularity has made it a classic for textile artists.

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User Review  - Marie Z. Johansen - Goodreads

I just about taught myself to dye with this excellent book and by Ann Johnston;s other book "Color By Design", I consider these must have books for anyone who wants to learn the art of color on cloth! Read full review

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Great instructions and awesome techniques. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Ann has been making quilts for over 30 years and plans to make them for another 30. In the 70s Ann was making traditional-style quilts, and started dyeing fabric to get the best colors. She explored many approaches in order to find the correct dye recipes and develop ways to work that were home friendly. By the early 80s she was using only her own hand-dyed fabrics, perfecting dye painting with precision for whole cloth silk quilts. By the late 90s, Ann had learned many more dyeing and construction techniques and her work changed accordingly, as seen in her clear and colorful book The Quilter's Book of Design, Expanded 2nd Edition. She is also widely known for her books, workshops, and DVD about fabric dyeing, Color By Accident: Exploring Low-Water Immersion Dyeing, Color By Design: Paint and Print with Dye, and Color By Accident: Low-Water Immersion Dyeing. Her collectors respect her viewpoint and her students admire her generosity and skill in teaching what she knows. For more information visit

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