Why 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.
|Candy's scientific fabric dye chart.
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.
"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.
|Candy with her hand dyed and
stitched fabric art.
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:
- Friday, 11/11 - Victoria Gertenbach of The Silly BooDilly
- Monday, 11/14 - Susan Brubaker Knapp of Blue Moon River
- Wednesday, 11/16 - Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Studio
- Friday, 11/18 - Melody Johnson of Fibermania
- Monday, 11/21 - Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side
- Wednesday, 11/23 - Diane Doran of Ooh! Pretty Colors
- Friday, 11/25 - Vicki Welsh of Field Trips in Fiber
- Monday, 11/28/11 - Brenda Gael Smith of Serendipity and the Art of the Quilt
- Wednesday, 11/30 - Amy Webb of Amy Lou Who Sews
- Friday, 12/2 - Robin Ferrier of Simply Robin
- Tuesday, 12/6 - Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
- Thursday, 12/8 - Beth and the gang from Sew Mama Sew
"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.
|Preview the Dyeing to Stitch video.
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.