Last Monday I received Ann Johnston‘s new DVD set:
I had already ordered some additional dyes to fill in the gaps and a bolt of PFD. I was anxious to get started but my schedule delayed me a bit. But I was able to watch the DVD all the way through in a couple of sessions, mix 12 different dyes and prep the “wet” area of my studio. I am fortunate have a decent place to work with a deep sink and a large table that is separated from my sewing space.
The DVDs are fabulous. I feel like I am taking a class with Ann. She shows many variations for each technique and explains how they were created and then gives a demonstration, sometimes showing how you can get different results using the same exact dye mixtures applied in different manner. There are more details including a preview of the DVD on her website and I highly recommend it.
I’ve managed 5 session in the past week. Some days I have only been able to work (play?) for a few hours. Last Thursday I had the entire day and it was wonderful. I’m at the beginning of a series based on the seasons so I am trying to dye with that in mind. I am also trying the different techniques Ann demonstrates and its great to be able to review her demos as I go.
I’ve had some luck with Shibori both on a 3″ PVC pipe and wrapped on foam pile insulation. Ive played with rope, marbles, rubber bands
Also with variations of folding, pleated and clamping
I am keeping track of the techniques, timing, recipes, etc. in a book. Everything is numbered and dated with samples of the test strip and photos of the finished pieces. I am up to #25 now and just getting warmed up.
This is so fun I’m amazed it is legal. Thanks Ann!