For little April fool’s humor, I’d like to show you some Dye Candy! Chris Daly, is a quilter and fabric dyer whose blog drew my eye the minute I set eyes on it…gee I wonder why? 😉 She and I are swapping blogs today!
1. Where are you located globally?
Rural Southwestern Wisconsin in the US.
2. Where are you found online?
- Dyecandy.blogspot.com is related to fabric dyeing and quilting with tips, tutorials and show and tell.
- Shadygrovestudios.blogspot.com is a look at rural life, quilts and occasionally my stained glass work.
- dyecandy.etsy.com – hand dyed cotton fabrics and velvets
- shadygrovestudios.etsy.com – quilt block jewelry
3. What is your favorite thing to make?
I am a quilter of varied interests. I love traditional quilts although I prefer modern pattern designs and art quilts. I hand dye many of my own fabrics for projects and also for use in my miniature quilt block jewelry. I still enjoy sewing and quilting but dyeing fabric has really become my passion.
4. When you’re making it…
a. what do you love most about it?
I love creating with bright bold colors. My favorite thing to do is experiment. I always try a new technique or color combination each time I dye. When I’m feeling blue all I need to do is pull out the dyes and my spirits start to rise. I call it “color therapy”.
b. is there some part you really can’t stand?
I hate waiting for the dye to set. I want to see the results right away. I can’t dye fabric when I have to work the next day. I get so wound up that I can’t sleep.
5. Do you consider yourself process or product oriented?
I am very process oriented. I rarely work from purchased patterns any more. I love creating my own designs. Working full time and having a home based business sometimes limits the amount of time I set aside for my own art. I have joined a few challenge groups to make sure I find time just for me.
Candy, thank you for sharing your blog space with me. I have learned so much from your posts and tutorials. Your work inspires me!
Right back at ‘ya Chris! I am a big fan of “color therapy”, and I too hate to wait for the washout too! My husband and I toyed with the idea of making stained glass – there are so many similarities between that and quilting…it was the thought of glass slivers that keep me from pushing too hard on that particular hobby 😉 Those cute little earrings and brooches are a great combination of quilting and stained glass – sheer genius!
Your snow dyeing is so fantastic, and in one of your posts you said something that me realize that I could try “faux” snow dyeing…so head on over to Chris’s blog where I share the the results of my own try at snow dyeing! Here’s a detail shot of one of my fabrics I dyed!