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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Nienke Smit

A few years ago, Beth asked me to join the Fireblog and for two years I contributed with much pleasure to this valuable resource.
I started blogging in 2010 mainly on dyeing with procion mx dyes. The name Verfvirus, means Dye Viral. And that’s really what is is, I just can’t stop dyeing, experimenting with dyes. The colours, the special effects, it is a never ending story.
Unfortunately, this blog, with the epic name ‘And then we set it on fire’ will be ending this month. So many people shared this adventure with us and I am glad that the content remains online.
I will definitely keep blogging at www.verfvirus.nl as it keeps me healthy, sharing experiments and playing with colour.
A last big big thank you to Beth and Judith for uniting so many people around the world to share their wisdom, making it ‘wisdom of the crowd’ even before it became popular.
I feel honored to have been a part of the team and wish everyone lots of happiness, fun and artful hours inspired by what’s left: a great resource of the most exciting tutorials.
All the best to the Fire-followers!



  1. Thank you Nienke. I can't think of anyone who has contributed more to the wisdom of dyeing both with commercial and natural dyes. It has been an honor to call you friend.

  2. Thank you creative friends, all your work was inspiring and I hope that I can still look at your blog.

  3. Thanks for sharing on the 'fire' blog. Beautiful work! I'll be sure to check out your blog.


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