A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Help me! I'm Dyeing!

Nienke introduced Beth to Ann Johnston's DVD, Color by Accident.  Beth got all excited and told me it was worth a semester in college. So I watched it.  She was right!  I had no idea how little I knew about dyeing!  Now I know why Nancy Crow recommended Ann's Color by Accident when a student at the Barn asked Nancy for a recommendation.  I immediately bought the pure 14 colors from Prochem and started trying Ann's dyeing techniques.

In fact, I was so inspired by the Color by Accident DVD that I am going to be a Guest Artist for February.  I am going to be sharing some of what I learned so far and trying more of Ann's techniques. Two of my friends and past Resident Artists on the Fire blog, Beth Schnellenberger and Laura McGrath, are joining me.  

I hope you will join us too!  If you love Ann Johnston and want to dye with us in February, contact me at Quiltordye@ftml.net and we'll make plans!


  1. I took a half day class with Ann many years ago....I was religious about measuring, documenting but then.....how bad am I!!! Very!! I may need a refresher course!!! Look forward to February!

  2. This is why I loved the DVD. She was only scrupulous about making the dye concentrate, then not so much. I remember smiling when I saw her "just adding". I DO see the benefit of documenting when first starting out.

  3. I got my DVDs yesterday in the mail, started watching last night! Hope the weather warms up a bit soon so I can try some of the techniques out.

  4. I will definetely join you to get rid of my 'just one step'= dyeing approach, see where it brings us!

  5. Last year almost everything I made used either my own hand dyed, hand-painted or rust-dyed fabric.

    I love dyeing - but I use Melody Jonhson's "lazy dyer" method and feel I could get more and better results - so I am really looking forward to taking this "class" with you. :)


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