Monday, November 14, 2011

Susan’s So Thankful Give-Away #3: Dyeing to Stitch DVD



I met Candy Glendening of Candied Fabrics last summer when I was shooting my second DVD for Quilting Arts, and some episodes for Quilting Arts TV. This year, I was there to cheer her on while she shot her first DVD for Quilting Arts, “Dyeing to Stitch: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Colorful Fabric Art.”

I just finished watching the DVD, and it is wonderful! I’ve done some dyeing before, and Candy does a great job of covering the basics in a very approachable way. If you’ve never dyed fabric before, you will know everything you need to know to get started after you finish watching.


Candy describes herself as “obsessed with color” and it certainly shows in this DVD, where she talks passionately about her love of chartreuse, and her obsession with capturing the exact color of a moss she discovered while camping. Her excitement about low-water immersion dyeing with fiber-reactive dyes comes through loud and clear, and you’ll find yourself getting excited, too.

Candy presents the material in an organized, straight-forward fashion that will make it very easy for beginner fabric dyers to select the tools, dyes, chemicals and fabrics they need to get started. She is, after all, a teacher and research scientist by profession, and she clearly explains and demonstrates each concept in detail.

Check out her “Candiotic Table of Elemental Color” below!




The DVD includes recipes for six jewel-tone hues (gold, red, plum, peacock, navy and chartreuse), and Candy explains how to dye a very specific color, and consistently match that color each time you dye. I was particularly interested in the section of the DVD where Candy demonstrated different ways of scrunching and pleating the fabric to get different effects.

Lots of people are afraid to cut into their beautiful hand-dyed fabrics. This DVD will entice them to dive in. After all the dyeing information, Candy shows how she uses her hand-dyed fabrics like the one above to make beautiful stitched items, and demonstrates free-motion machine stitching techniques.

Don’t forget: Today’s give-away is part of a blog tour! If you really, really, really must have this DVD, check in on these blogs on the dates below for more chances to win:

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

Here’s your chance to win. First, take a look at Candy’s blog here: http://www.candiedfabrics.com/journal/  Which of Candy's products do you like best? Her little houses? Messenger bags? iPad covers? Scarves? I’ll pull one name at random at 9 p.m. on Monday Nov. 21, and send you Candy’s DVD. WE HAVE A WINNER: Jodi has won this DVD.

65 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm loving that table of colors, just imagining all of the possible colors to be created.. if only I knew how.

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  2. Looks like a wonderful DVD - I would love to learn how to dye fabrics! ~ Karen

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  3. I am very excited to learn more about he DVD. The tour is great. Finding new blogs is always fun. Thnaks for sharing and the chance to win!

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  4. Oh, how lovely!! I have had a curiosity about dyeing for a while now & would love to have such a well organized & informative DVD!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  5. I love the fun colors and art work, time for me to try some, but always seems there is something else to do. I want to do some pieces for my kids, so will try some fun ones with free motion for them.

    Debbie

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  6. I was just thinking this weekend that it was time for me to dye some fabric, so the timing for this giveaway is perfect! I love her work, it's so bright and cheerful, and that color chart ... WOW!
    Thanks for the give-away.
    Ana

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  7. I love Candy's dying methods.
    Judy talley

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  8. I'd love to win this dvd. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  9. Now this is one DVD, I would Dye to own!! lol ok, that was cheesy, but I will be entering all the blogs you posted trying to win this one.
    Tammy

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  10. I hope that leaving a comment gets me registered to win! I'm dying to learn dyeing.

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  11. I subscribe to Candy's blog and I"m very excited for her. The DVD looks great. I've only done a touch of dyeing, but I would love to try some more.

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  12. Hi Susan, am I the first? Do I just leave a comment to enter the contest? I am a regular follower of your blog, I just don't leave comments. I love your work.

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  13. What an awesome dvdM. I would love to win it.

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  14. oh wow, I enjoyed the video clip! Her color choices speak to me!!! =)

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  15. I love to dye my own fabric, that I use in quilting or other projects. It would be nice to see how someone else does the process. Thank you for this giveaway.

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  16. I have tons of hand dyes that are so pretty to look at that it is almost impossible for me to cut them. I need inspiration to get them into projects!!

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  17. This looks like one more book to add to my dyeing collection. I love to dye when I have time and chartreuse is my "go to" color. I have not tried to low immersion technique, it looks so much simpler than all the dye buckets, etc.

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  18. Susan, I have watched Candy's video, and it's on my wish-list! Will have to try and win one. Nice post; thank you.

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  19. Looks like a lot of fun. Now's the time for me to learn fabric dyeing.
    soparkave at aol dot com

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  20. This looks like a wonderful book to own and enjoy. I enjoy your blog as well and all the beautiful things you make. Not sure I can ever do these beautiful works, but one can dream!

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  21. I really really want a copy of this DVD please!!

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  22. Dying to learn more about dyeing! Thank you for the opportunity to win the DVD...Looking forward to getting into one of your classes at the Vermont Quilt Festival this year!

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  23. i love to paint on fabric for the discovery of color is amazing!
    i haven't dyed since batiking long ago. Candy is so clear with her instructions .i am thankful for he chance.

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  24. What a beautiful colors! Dyeing is really addictive.
    gr. Marjolijn

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  25. Would love to have this DVD. Tried snow dyeing to mixed results. This appears similar but with much more control. And want to see Candy cut into her fabrics...

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  26. Those colours are awesome and that DVD looks great. Thanks for the giveaway, Susan!

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  27. I'm thinking that's a great opportunity to learn more about dyeing--something I have only done a few times and on which I could use more inspiration and guidance! Thanks!

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  28. Would love to win a copy of So Dyeing to Stitch. I have never dyed my own fabric but would love to learn how.

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  29. Wow - this DVD would certainly help me understand color and how they are "made to be". Thanks for the interesting post, and the new blogs on the tour. Please enter me into the Dyeing to Stitch DVD drawing.

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  30. I love her stuff -- I bet that dvd is just great!

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  31. OK we share a name (Candy) and this looks fascinating. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  32. I would really love to have this DVD... fabric dying is my next quilting frontier!

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  33. Yes I've been wanting to some dyeing...this looks like fun.I can't wait to create new images with all theses new colors!

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  34. I just finished taking a class from Laura Wasilowski and admired all her hand dyed fabric...I guess making my own is one solution!

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  35. HI there,
    I have been thinking about fabric dying for a number of years but have not tried yet. Would love to learn and try out this new book.

    Ruth Quinn

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  36. Thanks for the chance to win. I love her periodic table.

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  37. Love theidea of dyeing jewel tones. Thanks for the chance to win

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  38. Love hand-dyed fabrics, but have not made any yet. The book looks great.

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  39. Wow, all the wonderful colors. I would love to learn to dye. The DVD looks like a great one!!

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  40. I love the scarves and the bags.
    Carol
    happyturtlequilts@gmail.com

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  41. I forgot to say, I love her scarves! I did not see that part at first, I was too excited to get the DVD.
    lol

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  42. Wow the colors are FANTASTIC! I have been playing around a little bit with dyeing fabric myself but am still very timid. Please enter me in the drawing too!

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  43. Love love it. Would love to own it.

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  44. Such creativity......have been dyeing to make a mail sak bag. As an artist I am always looking for holders for pens and paintbrushes so the pencil holder also caught my eye. The DVD is full of good info, wouldn't it be fun to host a viewing party with friends?!

    Thank you always!

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  45. Such creativity.......I have been dyeing to make a mail sak bag. As an artist I am always looking for ways to store pencils, pens and paintbrushes, so the pencil holder also caught my eye. Wouldn't it be fun to have a DVD viewing party with friends?!

    Thank you always!

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  46. Susan,
    I love Candie's color pallet. I really like her messenger bags and purses. I'm so impressed with that color chart.

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  47. I love anything with little houses! I've never dyed fabric and would love to watch Candy do her craft!

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  48. What a fun blog and full of color. I really love her IPad cover:)
    Great designs and the color just pops! I would love to receive her DVD on dyeing as I would love to explore that process and the DVD looks like just the way to do it.
    Laura T

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  49. Scarf is beautiful and I really like the jeweled tones.
    Would love to get this DVD.

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  50. I am always a sucker for a good tote bag and hers are wonderful!! The DVD sounds great....would love to own it!!!

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  51. I loved playing around with dyes when I was a teen, and occasionally since then. But I really never got into it. Now that I have the time, I'd love to give it another shot.

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  52. My favorite Candy product is her art quilts! I love her splashes of color!

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  53. I love the intense colors she uses and I really like the full size quilt she made this year.

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  54. WOW ! Candy really does like color. hehe. I'm loving her art quilts, scarves, her color chart and everything else. It's all so Beautiful!! To be able to understand and create color like Candy does would be awesome. Dying is going on my bucket list. Ok, you know what I mean.

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win an a super DVD.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I love her birds, and the intensity of her colours. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  56. I would love to learn how to dye fabrics.
    I love Candy's messenger bags, they are so cute.
    Thanks for the great give-away.

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  57. I did so enjoy visiting Candy's blog. I like the video with her dyeing fabric and her lovely personality. I enjoy seeing the colors she works with.

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  58. Candy's fabrics and designs are beautiful! My favorite .. I can't decide between her bags or her journals. Thank you for offering this opportunity to win a copy of Candy's DVD!

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  59. I love the iPad covers the best! What fun they'd be to make and use!

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  60. I love all of Candy's work and her personality! Hands down her messenger bags are so useful!

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  61. Candy's DVD sounds wonderful, I love to learn how to dye!

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