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dyeing/painting beginner

bcool | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

In my midlife mania I am expermenting with fabric and interested in fabric dyeing and painting.  Does any one have experience to share?  Suggestions about books that they would reccomend?  Or websites? Or other sources of info?  I live near Colorado Springs and would love to see a store/shop with displays or classes.  My greatest work so far is a kindergarten looking piece of dancing stick figures!!  It makes my spirit soar!  Devine madness has enveloped me!   Thanx,   Brenda


  1. DanaLynn | | #1

    Hi Brenda,

    Check out quiltuniversity.com they offer interesting classes in fabric painting online.

  2. Elisabeth | | #2

    Dharma Trading Company is a great source for silks and dyes. http://www.dharmatrading.com I don't dye, just sew. Isn't midlife great? Love that "who cares" thing that takes over after too much worry.

    There are surely some great sources locally for you. I am thinking of galleries in Alamosa (once upon a time I went to ASC and have visited since) and if they have it there then... And fiber arts festivals, craft fairs, that sort of thing, seems to me Colorado Springs would have some good ones especially now in the spring.

    The Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs could be a great resource. I just looked it up, I'm always curious about Colorada since I miss it here in Virginia. There is a "Complex Cloth" class next week featuring dyeing, beading, batik, etc. It sounds like fun, even though painting and dyeing are not my thing.

  3. Marion6422 | | #3

    Brenda, yours is a wonderful state of creativity to be in! Keep it up! Here are a couple of more sites to spur you on:




  4. MarshaK | | #4

    Guess I should have read further down to the next topic. Some books that I have that are great sources of information and inspiration are:

    The Fabric and Yarn Dyers Handbook   Tracy Kendall

    Transforming Fabric    Carolyn Dahl

    Fabric Painting   Ginny Eckley

    And, the four volumes of The Art of Painting On Silk

    The Complete Book Of Silk Painting and Creative Silk Painting, both are by Tuckman and Janas

    I'm sure your local library might have some of these titles so that you can have a look through them. I remember that Dharma Trading had a book section in their catalog back when I used to receive one. Too much hassle to have an order from them sent to Canada.

    Hope this helps. MarshaK.

    1. bcool | | #5

      Marsha,  That should give me plenty to drool over!  Thanks,  brenda

      1. MarshaK | | #7

        Hi Brenda,

        Another great book that I found in my 'library' is called Fabric Dyeing & Printing by Kate Wells, and I also have Complex Cloth by Jane Dunnewold. The class that was mentioned as coming up in Colorado Springs must be one that is taught by her, I'd say go if you can manage it. A friend of mine from California went to one of the classes Jane teaches in her studio, she says it is the best.

        For paints and dyes, visit http://www.jacquardproducts.com they have some easy to use products, at very reasonable prices. You can also get a catalog from them, no charge.

        Good luck, MarshaK.

  5. bcool | | #6

    Ok, hopeI'm replying correctly and this ends up in the right place to thank all of you who responded to me.  The cat is trying to take over the keyboard!!  Little jealous???  You all have given me tons of help and I appreciate each of you.  Creative cloth class in Colorado Spreins???!!  Ya Hoo!  I may have to quit my job!!Thank you,  Thank you!   Brenda

  6. mariadelicia | | #8

    there is also a book by Kate Wells titled "  Fabric dyeing and painting". I have it in Spanish  but it was first edited in Great Britain in1997 by Conran Octopus Limited. The ISBN in my book is 84-86673-74-7 but I don´t know  if it is the same in  english. ¡Happy staining!

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