There’s a Science to Creating Colorful Fabric Art

Candy's scientific fabric dye chart.

pokey boltonWhy is fiber artist Candy Glendening holding up a dye chart that looks like the periodic table of elements? Her training as a research scientist made it seem like the most natural thing in the world to do.

Her scientific approach also helps her get consistent results with those rich, vibrant colors she prefers to use in her fabric art.

"My training helps me dye consistent colors because I am aware of all of the different aspects of dyeing that could make a difference in the final appearance of my fabric, and I tested all those aspects in a controlled manner, keeping track of my results (through a swatch book) so I could compare colors from different dyeing sessions. I was then able to focus in on what parts of dyeing I need to keep a careful eye on, and what aspects are more forgiving," she says.

If that approach makes sense but sounds intimidating to you (perhaps science was not your best subject?), Candy says not to worry: anyone with the desire to dye can do it.

hand dyed fabric art
Candy with her hand dyed and
stitched fabric art.

"In my 'day job' I teach biology to students who are non-science majors; they often begin my class with lots of fear and anxiety. I do my best to put them at ease by explaining things in simple terms with references to everyday events and I always share my enthusiasm of the subject with them," says Candy.

She uses the same approach in her new Quilting Arts WorkshopTM video, Dyeing to Stitch: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Colorful Fabric Art.

Candy is celebrating the launch of her new Workshop with a tour of the blogs of some of the most amazing fiber artists. Candy kicks of the tour today (which is also her birthday), with a stop at The Silly BooDilly blog of Victoria Gertenbach. Oh, and each blogger is giving away a copy of the DVD version of Dyeing to Stitch! (It's also available as a download, in case you can't wait to get your hands on it.)

Here is the entire tour schedule:

Preview the Dyeing to Stitch video.

"I'm looking forward to sharing the joy of creating and working with colorful fabric to a wide audience of textile-loving blog readers!" says Candy.

I hope you'll all visit the spots on Candy's Blog tour. And you can get a sneak preview of Candy's Dyeing to Stitch video now.

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3 thoughts on “There’s a Science to Creating Colorful Fabric Art

  1. Last week I shared a pillow project by Candy Glendening, noting how the simplicity of the design allowed her hand-dyed fabrics to take center stage. Today I thought give you some insight into Candy's fabric dyeing process.