Wednesday, November 30, 2011

{amylouwho} dyeing to stitch blog tour and giveaway!!

I'm so pleased that my friend Candy of Candied Fabrics invited me to be a part of her blog tour for Dyeing to Stitch!  She is a master at making her own hand-dyed fabrics and along with the folks at Quilting Arts Workshop she has put together a comprehensive guide to dyeing fabrics and creating art with the finished product!

Look at cute Candy! Unfortunately we haven't had the pleasure of meeting in person but we have exchanged many many emails and facebook messages.  I can't wait to give her a hug in person when we meet in real life!
It was really fun to watch her and hear her voice!  She is a biology professor by day and has great way of connecting with her audience.

The DVD is broken up in to the following chapters.
Not only does she talk about the basics of dyeing and how she came up with her process, she discusses color theory.  

My favorite quote from the video, "I get obsessed with a particular color..."  I so hear you! (#turquoiseobsessionmuch?)  We've bonded over our love of turquoise-y blues and bright greens (and bird silhouettes)!

She even came up with her own “Candiotic Table of Elemental Color” 

She is able to recreate any color here by using the recipes she also discusses.

In the chapter, "Using Quilting as a Line + Conclusion", she shows how she makes her mini art quilts.  This was probably my favorite part of the DVD - her botanical sketches are gorgeous!  I love this pillow in particular.
She has definitely cultivated her signature look and I love it.  I love how passionate she is about creating every element of her art.  And really, when you think about the fact that she creates every part from the color of the fabric on up, it really is art.

Here are a few other examples of things that she has made (that I love!)

And probably my favorite was this quilt for babylouwho that several blogging friends made for me.  Candy contributed the fabrics.
What's a baby quilt picture without the baby?  I can't believe she's not this little anymore!

I feel a little sheepish to say that I've never watched any Quilting Arts TV.  But after this I'm excited to find more workshops that they've produced.  It was really well done!

And here's a preview of the video!

Now, for what you have all been waiting for - the GIVEAWAY! Would you like to own your own copy? Candy is offering up one copy of her DVD to one of you.

To enter:
Leave a comment telling me about a current work in progress!  Me? I'm working on a dresden plate mini quilt.  :) And leave an email in your comment so I can reach you!!

Winners will be announced on Monday, December 5!

And as reminder, here’s the rest of the tour:
  1. Friday, 11/11 – Victoria Gertenbach of The Silly BooDilly­
  2. Monday, 11/14 – Susan Brubaker Knapp of Blue Moon River
  3. Wednesday, 11/16 – Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Studio
  4. Friday, 11/18 – Melody Johnson of Fibermania
  5. Monday, 11/21 – Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
  6. Wednesday, 11/23 – Diane Doran of Ooh! Pretty Colors
  7. Friday, 11/25 – Vicki Welsh of Field Trips in Fiber
  8. Monday, 11/28 – Brenda Gael Smith of Serendipity and the Art of the Quilt
  9. Wednesday, 11/30 – Amy Webb of Amy Lou Who Sews
  10. Friday, 12/2 – Robin Ferrier of Simply Robin
  11. Tuesday, 12/6 – Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
  12. Thursday, 12/8 – Beth and the gang from Sew Mama Sew
Hope you are all having a great week so far! I'm getting ready to paint my kitchen tonight. I CANNOT wait!

18 crafty mcCrafters commented:

embquilt said...

This looks fun! I am actually working on my second ever Dresden plate but am going big lol loved my first one so much that I joined a snowflake Dresden plate swap - of course it uses a different template then my handy one AND oh yeah I've gotta make 12 sets! Then even though thanksgiving has passed I've caught the Dresden bug - gonna do the big turkey that is on the Missouri star quilting co YouTube page!

Rebecca said...

I'm hoping to start a new quilt today for a Christmas gift ~ some Cloud9 FQ's and a new ruler to try out :)

Margaret said...

I've got way to many project in the works. Most of them are for Christmas, so I hope to get them done in the next week or so. One is a set of 6 place mats for my mother, Christmas wallhangings and a couple of aprons. Would love to add/learning to hand dye fabric to my tool belt.

Bonnie said...

I have lots of projects underway--sewing wardrobes for 5 new dollies is lots of fun--two quilts are almost finished. I have some knitting and crocheting projects done already. The day I'm looking forward to is the day I emboss little metal medallions to decorate jars filled with chocolate candies.

Vicki said...

I'd love to win! I am contemplating starting a circle quilt. I have fat quarters all over the sewing room floor and need to prune them down to the best ones for this quilt!

Leslie C said...

I would love to starting dyeing my own fabric! I'm currently working on several things (aren't we all) most recently quilting on a "spools" quilt I made using batiks from a strip exchange!

tesuque said...

I'm trying to thread sketch a daylily and as a non-artist am struggling with the light-and-shadow aspect.

Claire said...

I love hand dyes and am alwasy looking for new ways to do it. Thanks for offering this.

Karen said...

Top of my list is a Piece O'Cake pattern, My Whimsical Quilt Garden. Three blocks done, I fallen behind on my plan to do at least one block a month.

kay said...

I am currently working on a quilt based on photos I took in Africa this summer. I wish I had had this DVD before I started! But there's always the next quilt...

R said...

Stockings... Hopefully for 2011!

All8 said...

Right now I'm working on the Orca Bay mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter. Step 3 is on Friday. Thanksgiving kinda got in my way for keeping up.

I would love to try the technics shown in this DVD. My mind is already thinking of color combinations and whatnot...

Karin på Ösäter said...

I try to win this DVD! And right now I am nearly finished with a christmas wallquilt.
Next mission is to take photos and blogg to show my lastest work.
I love to see that you been their, (comments on english is something I have been longing for.)

Swedish hugs, Karin

Em said...

work in progress? like, singular? ha! let's see, i've got 4 mei tais in the works, 5 quilt square pouches, a christmas table runner, a custom dance bag, um ... is that all ???? i would love to see this dvd and i should have time next year to watch it!

Colleen Kole said...

I am making a quilt for my sister for Christmas. The top is almost done and I hope to have the machine quilting underway by Monday.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I'm a fan of Candy's work and would love to win! My current project is a quilt for daughter #2 for Christmas.

trudys_person said...

Today I'm going to work on a mini storm-at-sea. I bought the kit from John Flynn. It was pre-cut, so it's not too crazy and I have almost all of the tiny blocks finished. Maybe it will start to go together today. I would love to learn to dye fabric! Thank you for the giveaway!

Kathy said...

I'm working on a Star quilt using a mix of my hand dyed fabrics and some commercial batiks. I am snow dyeing the backing right now!! Would love to win Candy's DVD.

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