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.



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Take a Dye Workshop with Ann Johnston in your own home!

Interested in dyeing silk, cotton or other plant-based fibers? New to working with cold water fiber reactive dyes (also known as Procion MX Dyes)?  Take a 4-hour workshop with Ann Johnston in the comfort of your own home!

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. Low-Water Immersion Dyeing

Low-Water Immersion Dyeing featuring Ann Johnston - Image of fabric in procion mx dyes
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. Ann Johnston's Color Mixing

Color Mixing Demonstration by Ann Johnston, Color by Accident Video Workshop
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. Color Gradations with Dyes

Light to Dark Gradation of Color with one dye value, procion mx dye, ann johnston color by accident video workshop
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 Procion MX Dyes on Fabric

twisting, folding, clamping, binding, stitching and pouring on the colors - color by accident video workshop with ann johnston
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 and Fiber Reactive Dyes

dyeing silk scarves demonstration from color by accident with ann johnston - video workshop
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. Procion MX Dyes in Review

review of ann's work with procion mx dyes - color by accident video workshop featuring ann johnston

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.

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:

• mixing dye 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 fiber reactive dye colors
• adapt the cold water dyes to silk
• follow up with your own explorations with cold water 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.

Color By Accident: Exploring 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! 


It's all about the color, right? Enjoy this video featuring Ann Johnston and her Low-Water Immersion Dyeing in her surface design projects.

Ann Johnston Color By Accident Video Workshop

Ann Johnston, Dyer Extraordinaire • Quilt Artist • About the Instructor

Ann’s art quilts—made with her hand-dyed fabrics and freehand stitching—are shown in exhibitions worldwide. Her books, workshops, and lectures about dyeing and designing have been resources for fiber artists for many years. Her growing mastery of color and texture continues to produce powerful work that draws in viewers and collectors from all walks of life. Visit Ann’s Website