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[Fibres Exotica News] Ever wanted to learn to dye? Watch this…

Dyeing animal fibres with food colouring

Last weekend was rather productive.

As you all know, I love to inspire people and I’ve been wanting to share knowledge about dyeing (and a whole raft of other subjects beyond the fibre arts realm!) in a more tangible way for a while now.

One of the things that was holding me back from doing this was that “fact” that I “don’t own a video camera…”

About 3 weeks ago however, I had a rather spectacular brain-fart, and suddenly realised that, yes, I do own a video camera, and rather a good one at that – The 12MP camera in my mobile phone also records 1080p and 4K video footage!

So, purchase of a clamp to fit my phone onto my camera tripod, some downloading of CODEC packs and Windows Movie Maker to my PC and I was all ready to rock!

I’ve given a “Food Colouring dyeing in the microwave” tutorial in person a few times now, so I updated the presentation slides, wrote a script, set my kitchen up to record myself dyeing yarn with food colouring and about 30 hours later, uploaded my first video tutorial to YouTube!

Producing the video also inspired me to create a new DK yarn range –  O.n.D – It’s my colourful and  random contribution to a world that is rather too staid and stuffy, but I’ll let the product page tell you all about that!

I do hope that you enjoy the video, if you do, please “like” it, subscribe to the channel and leave me feedback!

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I’ll be teaching at Stitch and Craft 2011!

EEEKK! SQUEEEE!!! and other exclamations of joy.

I’ve been accepted to Teach “Space Dyeing with Kool-Aid” at Stitch and Craft 2011, held at Olympia 2 17th-20th March 2011.

Kool-Aid dyeing is incredibly easy and gives a dyer of any age almost instant gratification. Included in the class will be some colour theory, the technique for microwave space dyeing and a whole heap of fun!

I’ll be in Room 4 every day at 15:30 squirting Kool-Aid at some Wensleydale with a turkey baster (As it takes Kool-Aid Colour really really well!). Do come and join me!