What to do in a pandemic?

Why, dye fabric, of course! Since early March I have embarked on the latest edition of dyeing solid fabrics in colors not offered by commercial fabric companies. The picture at left shows the samples I dyed of 69 colors. They were all supposed to be shades – pure hues with grey or black added – […]

Tints, tones, and shades

Vivid viola shade in several values

Tints, tones, and shades are some of the basic terms used when talking about color. They can get confusing because sometimes other words are used to mean the same thing. Here’s a quick guide: Tints – a pure color, or hue, that has been made lighter. With paint, this is done by adding white; with […]

The Wonder of One-Touch White Balance

In an effort to provide the best images of my fabric online, I finally learned how to set the white balance feature on my camera correctly. The photographs of solids and my virtual swatch book require the best color rendering possible. Turns out the camera has a super-quick way to set it up. While it […]

Happy Fall

Various pictures of the season. There’s color inspiration everywhere. The transparency samples are not an autumn colorway, but they are what I’m working with right now. I love seeing how the different backgrounds make the colors change.

True Colors Class by Carol Soderlund

Here’s my first picture from the class I took earlier this month at Pro Chemical & Dye. It shows a series of skinny quarters, each with an increasing number of layers and colors of dye. The last two have the same number of layers, but the top one was folded twice as much. Loved this […]

Back from the Barn!

Last week I was privileged to attend Carol Soderlund’s  Neutral Territory class at Nancy Crow’s Art Barn retreats. With the work of our fabulous group of 15 artists choreographed by Carol, we came home with hundreds of samples of ways to mix three (or four) colors together. The results include a great palette of blacks, browns, greens, […]

My Guest Blogger – Nan Baker

This week brings a new wrinkle to this blog – a guest blogger. Please enjoy the post, and learn more about her at the end. Thanks for writing, Nan! Color Your World by Nan Baker One of the most exciting things about starting school was getting a new box of crayons. Opening the box and […]

A show catalog in the mail

I went to the PO box today, hoping to pick up a check. That wasn’t there, but I got something even better – a catalog for a solo show by Kate Stiassni at The White Gallery. (She has pictures of most of the quilts on her Portfolio page.) When I dye solid fabrics, it almost […]

New SnowDyed fabrics

The recent talk on MXDyers made me pull out the screens again. Not everything is washed yet, and some of these fabrics were dyed in July and never photographed.  We had great weather for it on Friday – the highs barely reached 60, so the ice didn’t melt as fast as it did in July. […]

Relative color / value

If I do this right, a picture puzzle will appear. It is a good illustration of how color appears to change depending on the colors it is near. Assemble this puzzle, but don’t place one of the blue pieces that goes into one of the right-hand corners. Before you finish, hold the piece and slide […]