I am thrilled to announce that my book, The Wool Palette, is now available from Lulu.com. I have placed a 'Buy Now' button on the sidebar of my blog which will take you directly to Lulu.com and the fuller description of my book. I am extremely pleased with the book. It is a large book, 8 1/2" by 11", 105 pages. It contains over 60 illustrations and photos, including many of my rugs.
The purpose of the book is to describe step-by-step the Palette Dyeing process, helping you create 67 colors from three 'primary' dye formulas. You start by creating your own red, yellow and blue, and from these 64 other colors can be created.
EXCERPT: Palette Dyeing is conceived from the point of view of a painter who creates all her colors from the three primary colors, by mixing red, yellow and blue. But here is the catch. This process is not about taking pre-made red, yellow and blue straight from the packet and mixing them. This process is about creating your own unique formulas for the three 'primary' colors so that the result will be your own unique color palette of wool. In other words, it is about beginning by mixing a red you love, a yellow you love, and a blue you love, and then combining these signature dyes to create the twelve hues on the color wheel, neutrals and grays and everything in between.
In these lessons, I will be providing complete step-by-step instructions about this process. I will introduce you to color and mixing dyes so that you are able to create your own signature palette of wool. I will also share with you dyeing techniques so that you can create beautiful gradated, textured wools and dappled wools with your palette dyes, wools that will give your rugs fantastic appeal. You will learn in these lessons how to easily dye any color, any value, any time. The lessons begin with instructions for the 8-gradation dyeing process used to create your palette wools. Next color theory is discussed since it forms the basis for Palette Dyeing. Then the lessons proceed with instructions for creating your own 67 Palette Dyes and information about dyeing a single color and value in yardage rather than swatches. The lessons assume no prior knowledge of dyeing, proceed step-by-step through all processes and include notebooks for your samples.