April 10, 2011

Some Great Books

I have finally got my own copy of India Flint's book Eco Colour. This book is the bible for eco and natural  dyeing for me. Until now I have been borrowing it from my library. I got it out so much lately that I thought it's time to get my own copy. It's such a great book, informative and easy to understand the dyeing terminology. Another great thing I found is the information on Australian plants that can be used for dyeing. 

Another book I got is on Shibori Designs and Techniques by Mandy Southan. I have been taking an online Shibori dyeing technique workshop with Glennis for over a month now and I feel that I need yet another book to give me  a greter variety of patterns and techniques. 


And here is some of my eco-dyed fabric. From the left the purple gray piece was dyed using prunus leaves on silk, steamed for 45 minutes, and left to stand outside for a couple of days. Behind the gray piece is silk, dyed with onion skins and vinegar.  Sorry that you can't see it very well in this photo. I will post that separately some other time. On the right are shibori dyed pieces using stitched shibori technique.

 
I have received another great book from Amazon. I put in an order for 2 copies of Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci in December 2010 with a few other books for Christmas presents. The book was out of stock and I was supposed to receive it by February 14th, 2011. I was okay with that because it wasn't for a gift. February 14th came and went. At the end of February I checked my order history and it had been sent, but where were my books? I emailed Amazon inquiring about my order. They told me it was sent. They were very sorry and said that they would send me the replacement straightaway. On top of that they would refund me the purchase cost in full including the cost of freight. Not all was lost, I have got these books free of charge. Thanks Mr. Amazon! I just want to share with you my positive experienced with Amazon. 

A little about the book. Tonya Ricucci of Lazy gal Quilting has always been making quilts from alphabets. She posted tutorials on her blog before this book was published. This book covers all instruction for piecing alphabets in both lower and upper cases plus numbers. There are also projects that you can make as well. 

I started making some blocks last year. You can see some of my blocks here. The design is words representing happiness for a 'Happy Quilt'. Yes, the quilt is very bright and it has  happy colours. 



18 comments:

kaite said...

Lots of good books here and positive experiences. Was it Amazon US that you ordered from? i haven't bought from them yet, wasn't sure if i could.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

geeez nat you are a mine of information on this dyeing...good on you!!! dzintra

deanna7trees said...

your shibori pieces look beautiful. i have that shibori book ordered from the library. can't wait to get it. the book on quilting words looks interesting. i'll have to check that out.

Marydon said...

G'morn sweet Nat ~ Love o pop back & see more pretties ... your work is just beautiful. And, these books with all the bright colors ... will be anxious to see what you create from these ideas.

Hope all is well with you, my friend ~
Have a beautiful week ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

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Herm said...

it's funny, i also have ordered the book from Mandy Southan & also Shibori for Textile Artists from Janice Gunner from the local library and they are ready to pick up tomorrow! love the colors of your shibori dyed pieces!!!

Needled Mom said...

I've always had a great experience with Amazon too. Glad to read that I am not the only one.

I am definitely going to give some of the dying techniques a try as the warmer months roll in here. You always make it look so exciting.

Love the letters!! You are going to have fun with them.

joe said...

oooh! i have two of those myself (not india's yet, though) and another on shibori that i just got and hope to share on my blog once i get a reliable connection again! so much fun!!

Nedra said...

I'm so glad you had such a positive experience with Amazon. Good for them for great customer service!

Herm said...

That is a great experience with Amazon, they have always given good service. Hope what I sent you gets to you soon, I'm worried about it!

Janet said...

You just have so much fun with the dying and it gets more and more interesting as you try new things. The books look wonderful, Amazon is pretty good.

Terry said...

New Books are like meeting new people. Full of promise and interest.

Yours look very great

Bev C said...

Hello Nat,

Your new books will give you years of pleasure. Love the bright colours in your latest pieces.
Good luck with the quilt, it sounds like a "Happy" project to work on.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Karen said...

The books look very interesting and oh the fabric!!!

Kim D. said...

I'm glad you were finally able to get India Flint's book. Those fabrics you made are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing the story about Amazon and how they treated you. I have always thought they were a good company and I'm glad you got your books.

woman with wings said...

Nat, I love seeing what new books are out there! The word quilt book is one I hadn't seen before, so I'm going to check that one out for sure. Beautiful dyed cloth, too...it pains me that I just pruned the plum trees. So less leaves, darn it, what was I thinking!

Quilt or Dye said...

Yep, I got the India Flint book. It is just fun to read besides the great info in it.

Jacky said...

Love those books from Amazon...have long admired those alphabet quilts (will have to check it out myself).
More shibori techniques!!! You are hooked Nat. Look forward to browsing through them some time soon.

Jacky xox

Tonya Ricucci said...

so sorry it took so long for you to get your books but wooohoo for it all working out!

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