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The latest issue of Colorways explores several cultural traditions of color, the mechanics of resist dyeing, the lives of individuals dedicated to color, and the art of coaxing color from the earth. Discover the rich hues that can be created by Purpura pansa, a shellfish dye found in southern Mexico. Travel to the Peruvian Amazon where the local people create intricate designs with nothing but natural dyes. The beauty and possibilities of resist dyeing are endless. Join Malka Dubrawsky as she demonstrates her signature technique of resist dyeing, based on the Japanese are of itajime. Learn how Guatemalan weavers use a simple but ingenious method of resist dyeing to weave complex designs with the simplest looms.

Meet two extraordinary and colorful women: Teacher Nell Znamierowski describes how her approaches to color have led to careers as a developer of dye palettes, color consultant for Tahki Yarns, and professor at the Fashion Institue of Technology. Olga Reiche shares her passion for preserving the natural dye techniques of Guatemala through her work with small groups of indigenous weavers. The natural world offers an abundance of sources for dyes. Discover the amazing textile art that John Marshall creates with pigment dyes and learn to create amazing bingata dyes for yourself. Learn how Carol Lee gathers and processes wild mushrooms to create a surprising variety of natural dyes.

 
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Recent Issues

  • SpinKnit, Winter 2011

    The secrets of silk—a lustrous fiber that has been harvested and used for thousands of years in some of the most exquisite items—can now be yours. SpinKnit is back with a brand-new Winter 2011 issue that explores the history, tradition, and uses of silk around the world. This dynamic eMag immerses you in the work of spinners, knitters, and silk experts from all over. With stunning photography, informative articles, and engaging videos, this eMag is a one of a kind experience.

    Explore silk, past, present, and future: Discover the rich history of silk cultivation, spinning, and weaving in Mexican villages. Learn how a silkworm’s diet affects the colors of the silk it produces (and how scientists are achieving cocoons in colors never seen in nature).

    Take silk to the next level by learning different methods of spinning, reeling, and drafting. Michael Cook shows you how to try traditional Lao techniques of reeling right in your own kitchen. Sara Lamb demonstrates how (and why) she spins silk for knitting. Finally, take a break from spinning and draw yarn from mawata (silk hankies or caps).

    There’s more than just silk in this issue of SpinKnit! Stephenie Gaustad gives step-by-step directions and tips for spinning more than just cotton on a tahkli spindle. Explore a variety of methods for using hand cards—and see why experts don’t all agree on the “right” way to card wool by hand. Visit the Imperial Stock Ranch of Oregon and learn about the development of the Columbia sheep—and how they are bringing new life to a historic district.

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  • Colorways, Fall 2011

    This issue of Colorways offers an extensive exploration of the ancient and universal use of indigo, the only reliable natural blue dye. It includes a video of indigo dyeing in China, an in-depth story on the Japanese method of producing blues, and a world map showing the many cultures, traditions, and plant species involved with this tradition.

    There is more fun to be found in this issue of Colorways. Get a fun and wide-ranging look at all the colors that can be derived from grocery-store produce and spices (and fits within anyone's budget). Discover the mysterious colors that can be produced from forest lichens. Find a video tutorial on blending a rainbow from dyed fiber. Learn to overdye an unloved project for a beautiful result. Plus, an interactive color planning tool based on the classic color wheel will have you creating and using color like a professional in no time.

     

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  • SpinKnit, Fall 2011

    Spinning and knitting go hand in hand: Both are passed from one artisan to another, used to create warm and beautiful fabric. The latest issue of SpinKnit, our latest dynamic digital eMag, explores the work of spinners and knitters around the world. With stunning photography, informative articles, and engaging videos, this eMag is more than just something to read.

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  • Colorways, Summer 2011

    There is a sense of magic and wonder in color—finding crimson in a drab insect, pairing two unexpected colors for a stunning result, growing cotton in green instead of the expected white, turning an ugly piece beautiful with a single dip in the dyebath. But, as crafters and fiber artists all know, working with color can be intimidating and frustrating. Colorways gives you the tools to experiment with, practice, and ultimately master using color in your work.

     
     

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  • SpinKnit

    Experience a world of fiber firsthand with SpinKnit, our new dynamic digital eMag. It's beautiful, immersive, and packed with experiences that make reading more fun than ever.
    Imagine a magazine that takes you there:
    learn spinning in the Peruvian highlands, experience how twist energy shapes a garment, or visit an alpaca farm to see an ultra-luxurious new fiber on the hoof. SpinKnit brings the world of fiber to you. Now, don't just read about it-be there!

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