Explore the wonderful world of dyeing in this unit of SAQA Seminar: Surface Design. Whether you use natural dyes such as indigo or a full rainbow of synthetic dyes, there are just so many different ways to add color and design to fabric.
History and Culture
Strand of Silk has an excellent collection of articles about textile techniques from India. They are are linked as part of their Journey Map. Related specifically to dyeing, this article about bandhani is particularly interesting.
The mighty cochineal bug has created bright, colorfast dye for hundreds of years all over the world. This interesting article highlights some of its uses including images of the people recreating the dye process in Colonial Williamsburg.
This short video from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London a profile of a family of expert indigo dyers from India.
The World Shibori Network has several excellent resources including this article that highlights the different tools and techniques used in traditional shibori.
Fabric dying practices around the world pose an enormous risk to water supply. Several companies are exploring ways to use less water — or even no water at all. Read more >
Tutorials, Blog Posts and other Inspiring Links
Lynda Heines has an amazing collection of tutorials on her blog including ice dyeing, parfait dyeing, low immersion dyeing and more.
Check out Lisa Walton’s short, peppy video including images of ice-dyed fabrics and in-progress shots of creating a pieced quilt with the dynamic fabrics.
Deborah Babin’s tutorial “dyeing with procion dyes and a microwave oven” includes step-by-step instructions for this quick method for fabric dyeing.
Dianne Giancola joins Pokey Bolton in this excellent segment from Quilting Arts TV highlighting three different shibori techniques.
Frankie Magazine offers a beautifully photographed tutorial for eco-dying.
Susan Purney Mark uses cold water fiber reactive dyes to create beautiful color gradations in this excellent video.
Mary Marlowe Leverette has a great series of articles on how to create color with plants. Check it out if you are interested in natural dyeing.
Candy Glendening also uses fiber reactive dyes and highlights their earth-friendly benefits in this tutorial.
You just can’t beat this comprehensive, honest, nitty-gritty dying tutorial from Melody Johnson.
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