Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday's Surprises

Last surprise.  Today I am giving away 3 shades of gray.  How exciting is that?  LOL  Actually these are three 1/2 yard pieces of low-immersion dyed cotton fabric in 3 shades of gray.  I love grays and I love the mottling from low-immersion dyeing.  I am so sorry. These pictures were taken under artificial light and do not do justice to the fabric.

I dyed these preparing for a workshop with Nancy Crow.  Have you ever taken a workshop with her?  She expects participants to bring a ton of fabric.  So I dyed and dyed and dyed some more.  I took a huge tote of fabric with me.  I used a lot of my fabric but still have whole value sets left.

Along with the fabric the surprise includes a book.  The book for the surprise is Hand-Dyed Fabric Made Easy by Adriene Buffington.  It is not a new book or a huge comprehensive dying manual but I love its "Black Magic Family."  It has 10 gradients from very light to quite dark made by adding various concentration of a dye color and black dye. That is what I used for my Nancy Crow dyeing marathon and what I always use when making coordinated fabric sets.


As always, if  you would like to give a new home to the fabric and book just leave a comment.  The random drawing is on Saturday and will be posted in the afternoon.  Good luck!


69 comments:

  1. I am a dyer, how can I resist -:)

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  2. I would love to win the grey fabric, a friend asked me to make her a quilt with pinks and grey, and to my shock I only found a few FQ's of grey fabrics.

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  3. You can never have too much gray! Even if you are a dyer, who can resist hand-dyed fabric?

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  4. I've never dyed the "right" way, instead using nonconventional dyeing techniques. I would LOVE to learn the right way and I would love to see how a real dyer's fabric turned out.

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  5. I have never dyed fabric so this book definitely peeks my interest.

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  6. I dye my fabric often, but I want your grey fabrics!

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  7. I would love to win this fabric and book. Maybe it would inspire me to do more dyeing.

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  8. You are generous to give away your beautiful hand dyed grays; this is a super give-away. They give me lots of ideas.

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  9. Hand dyed fabric is so special. Hadn't hear of the book so now need to investigate further.

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  10. The greys are wonderful!
    The book interests me l love reading about people and their did detente methods to dye.
    Thanks for the giveaways.
    Jo

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  11. Super surprise - shades of gray. Thanks you for offering this beautiful bundle. I see the ever present gray's of our own Lake Ontario , the winter skies and the Limestone buildings in downtown Kingston. The book would be an extra bonus for sur.
    Bethany

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  12. Wow, that ist great. I would love to win - thank you!

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  13. OMG I love hand dyed fabrics although I have never done it myself I would love to learn how. But I can tell you I have purchased allot of hand dyes. Thanks for a wonderful chance to win those gorgeous grays......sgriff57(at)comcast(dot)net
    Happy New Year!

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  14. I have not done any dyeing in a long time. This could inspire me to start again.

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  15. Ooooo, I love the grays. I work a lot with solids and can always use some beautiful grays. I don't dye much fabric myself, so having some of your beautiful hand dyed fabric would be quite a treat.

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  16. Aaai have not yet tried dyeing greys and need to experiment more using black.

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  17. I've done the 10 shade dye before, but never done it using black. Sounds like fun. The more I do art the more I want to use my own dyed fabrics...and yours too, of course. :-)

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  18. habd dyed grays.......now that's something everyone could use ......fingers crossed!

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  19. I am always searching new formulas or ways to dye! The book looks awesome. So my backup plan is to purchase the book if I don't win this one! I have already pinned the book in my "things to order" file. LOL

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  20. I would love the fabric and book, I bet I could learn so much from it!

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  21. Your fabrics are beautiful. I find dyeing grays a challenge. Love to dye gradients & always looking for more info on techniques/process. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great prize!

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  22. Thanks so much for this generous week of giveaways. Today's greys is just the best. can't wait til tomorrow!!

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  23. Lovely fabrics. Great book for the library.

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  24. Of course I would love to have any thing to do with dyeing. It is my NEW thing. LOVE LOVE YOUR BLOG. BONNIE

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  25. I love grey but I've never dyed a decent shade!

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  26. grey fabric, one can never have enough off it, thanks

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  27. Grays are wonderful and would be a treat to own! That book would also be a wonderful treat! Mary Ann

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  28. I love gradations of hand dyes! Pick me!

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  29. The fabric is beautiful. I'm a person who considers grey a rich colour in its own right and not necessarily just a neutral. Thanks for putting together this draw.

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  30. am a beginner dyer and would love to win..thanks

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  31. The greys are really rich colors. Grey can beso many different colors.

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  32. Thank you for this wonderful week. I cannot wait until Saturday with the power ball being so high and this blog with its give a ways. What a week!

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  33. I would love to take a Nancy Crow class! I recently read a couple of her books. I enjoyed reading her studio notes & the way she translates emotion into her work. Thank you for this fun week of generous giveaways.

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  34. Your grays are beautiful. I was dyeing one time to get some gray fabric and it came out a pale lavender!

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  35. What doesn't cuddle up to grey? Your hand dyes would be a very special treat. And the book - well, I've reached a stage where I can see the benefits of 'doing it correctly' (most of the time, if I'm honest.)

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  36. I have not figured out how to do grays... it would be great to have them. thanks!

    I always thought that Nancy didn't like mottled colours. good for you for taking your own. I still have stuff in my stash from her courses, but love having them there.

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  37. I'd love to have both the fabric and the book. Thought I had that one but checked and I don't. Thanks for the offer.

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  38. I would love to win both the fabric and the book. That book is not, for some odd reason, in my library and I could have sworn I had it. Thank you for doing this!

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  39. This ain't boring grey, it's beautiful.

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  40. I'm just starting to use grays and these are lovely. What a great addition to start with. Thank you for your Great blog. If I win nothing I am gifted by all that you teach on your blog!! Have a great weekend. Pam Gonzalez

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  41. Lovely grays. I can just see the pairings: gray and rust; gray and claret; gray and mustard. . .

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  42. I'd love to learn this dyeing technique.

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  43. I'd love to learn this dyeing technique.

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  44. Wow, love all the gifts you are granting lucky winners. This one is tops! I'd love to learn how to dye gradients and this book sounds like a winner. Sue

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  45. Neutrals fascinate me. Ive been curious about Pro Chem's new grey - your grey's are tantalizing! That book looks interesting as well--"black fabric magic"? Hmm.

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  46. I love using greys and would love these. And the book would also be fantastic, I've never seen this one before. Your prizes this week are like drugs feeding my dyeing addiction.

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  47. I have done quite a bit of fabric dyeiing, but not the colour gradient experiments. I would love to win this prize. Thanks, Betty

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  48. I'd love to win your fabrics and the book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  49. I have been experimenting with greys, this would be a great resource to keep me on track and enable satisfying results. Maybe give me methods for having more control over the results.

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  50. would love to win. Did color gradients with Cindy Loehbeck. Addict here.

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  51. this is the way I love fabric to look! I am going to learn more about this technique this year......one of my goals is to meet Nancy Crow!

    Thanks for your giveaways!

    glen

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  52. Would love to win the grays--I'm in the midst of creating a "library" of greys myself.

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  53. I have that book but I'm always on the look out for greys so would love to win yours .

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  54. What a great give away. Could use those greys and then using book recipes make some more. Happy New Year

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  55. I would love to win these beautiful grey fabrics. My grey stash could use a little filling up.

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  56. I live in Seattle and use allot of shades of gray fabrics. This fabric would be a real treat! I am also just starting to learn to dye...might be very helpful to know the best way to go about things. The book would be great!

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  57. This is the first time I've left a comment for you. I would love the fabric and the book would be a great addition to my collection.

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  58. The grey fabric looks gorgeous on my monitor! And I love the fabric on the cover of the book, too. I've been wanting to learn to dye my own fabric.

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  59. I need some winter sky for a recent project. That would be great! Love this blog!

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  60. Love your gray fabrics and the book looks really interesting. thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. My frienfs I dye twice per month!!
    We love ALL colors. Your grey looks yummy.

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  62. My frienfs I dye twice per month!!
    We love ALL colors. Your grey looks yummy.

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  63. I love to learn this dyeing technique... thanks for the giveaway.

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  64. Another wonderful surprise! Would love a shot at it! Thanks!

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  65. I love your grey fabric and the book looks just what I need. So I'll give it a shot again.

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  66. I have always loved gray and black and white. I hope I win. Janet Wright

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  68. Those are beautiful grays!
    Thanks for the chance to win them and the book!
    jlpfeffer@gmail.com

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  69. Don't know if you've drawn yet, but would love these.
    Thanks,
    Terry

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