Welcome to the exciting world of hand-dyed fabrics, where the possibilities are endless! In this CraftAble, you'll discover a variety of techniques for dyeing a multitude of different fabrics. Jen Osborn shares from her book Mixed and Stitched some of the best tips for choosing fabrics, mixing colors and adding personality and character to your work. Full color and finely-detailed photographs illustrate the results of her "dye alchemy" on everything from cotton to bamboo to polyester.
Once you've got a bit of dye experience under your belt, you'll probably find yourself with a few (dozen!) bits and pieces of sumptuous hand-dyed fabric. That's where the Dye Recipe Book project comes in! Not only is it a wonderful and meaningful way to use some of your stash, you will be creating a whole new kind of art journal—one where you can record, step by step, that recipe you concocted for the perfect dusty lilac or the different results achieved from using the same dye on both damask and cotton flannel. Consider it the living history of your dye adventures.