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purchased this book on a whim without really knowing what
it was supposed to be about. I have some interest in dyeing
yarn, so that was all I needed to hit the "send" button.
book is broken into 4 basic sections. First, there's a pretty
good primer on color, describing the different types of
color schemes and how to use a color wheel. It's easy to
understand and has great photographs demonstrating different
color schemes using knitted swatches.
up are the actual dyeing process instructions. Although
the instructions are very thorough, I was disappointed that
only one type of acid dye and only protein fibers are covered.
Based on her instructions, this is not a home kitchen operation.
You need a separate space with good light, a stove and a
third, and most impressive section of the book is on designing
projects around hand dyed yarn. Looking at art and nature
are themes the author uses to design projects and develop
color schemes. She also demonstrates ways in which to use
variegated and space dyed yarns to their best advantage.
Even if you have no interest in dyeing yarn, or just don't
have the space for it, this section of the book can help
a lot in creating your own color schemes and figuring out
how to use those multicolored skeins that look so beautiful
in the shop. I will no longer shy away from them now that
I know how to use them. Again, great photographs of swatches
showing off the qualities of these yarns.
last section of the book is the patterns. I was underwhelmed
with these very simple and basic shapes. Granted, the purpose
of the book has more emphasis on showing off the yarn, but
with few exceptions, the patterns were uninspired.
read this entire book in just a few hours, admittedly skimming
through the pattern section. As I was reading, I had to
laugh a bit at the prose. For you Seinfeld fans out there,
parts of this book read as if they were written for the
J Peterman Catalog.
I give this book a thumbs-up for inspiration in creating
color schemes and using some of the great yarns that are
Mary Ann Mueller
this book from Amazon.com
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