Synopses & Reviews
Beginning with studio practices and safety rules, this information-packed handbook is appropriate for both newcomers and experienced dyers but assumes that readers have a serious interest in textile design. An overview of dyeing starts with fibers and fabrics and discusses all aspects of the dyes favored by textile studiosfiber reactive, acid, vat, and dispersebefore explaining discharging, screen printing, monoprinting, stamping, stenciling, resist dyeing, dévoré, and painting. Would-be fabric artists are advised along the way to identify a personal approach to dyeingfree spirit? rule-follower?and color photographs of work by today's top fiber artists elucidate prevailing styles. Recipes and techniques are accompanied by step-by-step instructions with photographs, and a concealed spiral binding allows the book to lie flat. Ten appendices include a worksheet for recording chemicals, procedures, and costs for all projects; a guide to washing fabric; descriptions of stock solutions, thickeners, and steaming; a metric conversion table; and a guide to water temperatures.
About the Author
Holly Brackmann is a professor of textiles and art history at Mendocino College whose designs have appeared in Handwoven
; Surface Design Journal
; Surface Design Newsletter
; Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot
; and Weavers
. She lives in Ukiah, California.