Color By Accident: Exploring Low-Water Immersion Dyeing


Color by Accident: Exploring Low-Water Immersion Dyeing by Ann Johnston is 250+ samples of fabrics, 17 demonstrations, and loads of technical information on MX dyes, working with cotton, and the requirements of silk fabrics.

$55.00 $38.00

Take a workshop with Ann Johnston in your own home!

In an orderly progression of topics with over 250 samples of fabric + 17 demonstrations, Ann teaches how and when to vary her basic method of Low-Water Immersion Dyeing, including how to:

• mix colors without exact recipes
• create a smooth value gradation across one piece of fabric
• manipulate the fabric to create many different textures
• manage large pieces of fabric in small spaces
• see the differences in the single-chemical dye colors
• adapt the Procion® dyes to silk
• follow up with your own explorations with dyes

This ground-breaking high definition (HD) video presentation is a complete workshop + extension of the techniques Ann introduced in her 1997 ground-breaking book, Color by Accident: Low-Water Immersion Dyeing.

Total runtime: 4 hrs 19 min
English Audio Track with English Subtitles

©2013 Ann Johnston (Publisher) | Studio Galli Productions (Producer)
Includes Bonus PDF recipes + notes + more! 

This color-filled video is packed with information and will inspire many experiments by those of all skill levels who are ready to use their own unique fabrics in their quilts, garments and textile artworks.

Color By Accident Is ...

1: Ann's Basic Method

Ann introduces low-water immersion dyeing (LWI) beginning with a pile of fabrics, explaining safety and all the essentials about the ingredients. She demonstrates her Basic Method in a plastic shoebox and shows other fabrics that were dyed the same color but look completely different because they were manipulated differently.

2: An Infinity of Colors

An infinity of colors can be mixed from a basic set of 6 or 7 single-chemical dye colors. We see Ann creating colors before it goes on the fabric and by blending colors directly on the fabric. She does 6 demonstrations about creating color gradations on separate pieces and across individual pieces of fabric, encouraging us to measure “by eye”.

3: Values

In 5 demonstrations, Ann shows us how to create light and dark values of one color by measuring gradations separately, by stacking them in one container, and by blending them by hand on the table. Her samples show us endless possibilities.

4: Manipulating

We see the way the dyes flow in the folds and between the clamps in Ann’s samples and demonstrations. She explains that the soda can also be added before the dye, depending on the effect you want. You will enjoy twisting, folding, clamping, binding, stitching and pouring on the colors after this segment of the video.

5: Silk

Ann explains how Procion MX dyes, made for plant fibers will also dye silk. She demonstrates dyeing silk scarves and explains to us some of the ways to understand why the results on silk are different than on cotton.

6: Explore

Get a thorough review of how to use Procion MX dyes to create color on fabric, the requirements, and the variables. Ann encourages us to have confidence and learn by doing. She also introduces how to use the same dye concentrates and soda solution to paint dye directly on the fabric with or without a thickener. It is easy to be inspired.