Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hand dyed fabrics

I posted a comment on this blog post, about hand dyed fabrics. I love using hand dyed fabrics of all kinds and I thought it might be helpful to share some links to people who keep me supplied. I will admit it was prompted by an email telling me another box of hand dyes has been shipped and picking up an order from Ricky Tims. So if you would like to join in my obsession with hand dyed fabrics, and you don't have the time to dye them yourself.

  • Ricky Tims - you may be familiar with his quilts and books but his fabrics are great too. He has lots of useful tools and supplies on his site too.
  • Heide Stoll Weber - specialises in 60" wide cotton sateen. Her site doesn't have a shop as such but you can contact her and request fabrics. She is usually at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC, however a lot of us know that so she often sells out of a lot of the colours quite quickly.
  • Jeanette's fabrics to dye for - this lady dyes some very interesting fabrics. Her online shop always has a good range of one off pieces to purchase. This is where I got the fabrics for my Phoenix.
  • Vicki Welsh - a regular reader and commenter here also has an etsy shop with hand dyed fabrics. She had some interesting snow dyed pieces on her blog a little while ago.
  • Starr Fabrics - this is the company that provided the kit for my 'Holiday Quilt'. They do several kits, pre-cut applique and yardage. I seem to have developed quite a problem with their fat quarter bundles. They are so yummy I just want them all.
Have fun with these, and I am very sorry if your wallet finds them a bit of a strain. I think I will have to go and stroke my new fabrics now.


Sally Westcott said...

Hi Ferret,

I've been admiring from afar and wish I could see in person! I just love your work!

Add this web site to your list of hand dyed fabric.

Lisa Waltons blog in Australia - her fabrics are to dye for!


Ricky Tims said...

Well - obviously I was so obsessed with hand-dyed fabrics that I had to start a company to feed my habit. Cheers!

Anne said...

I'll post pictures on my blog and FB page later, but I've dyed 71 pieces since Saturday.

I have a stash of Starr pieces, too. I'm finally over the "I can't cut it, it's special" feeling. But then again, I haven't bought any of Ricky's pieces....

Vicki W said...

Oh wow, thanks for including me in your list! That made my day! I had to start selling my fabric because I was making too much of it. It's the best thing I've ever done. I enjoy every minute of it and have a long list of new things I want to do. I just need to find a sale on some time.

Ferret said...

Vicki, I've been meaning to tell you I love how you fold the fabrics that change colour across their width. It's really neat.

Anne, the obvious answer is don't cut it! Use nice big pieces as wholecloths.

If I had the room, and more money for staff I would be opening a dying company too. Until then I will just have to keep you guys in business. I did actually try selling hand dyes fabrics a while ago, but people here expect them to be significantly cheaper than the standard quilt shop fabrics.. I have used or sold quite a lot of it now, but only to friends and students. I suppose I should put the rest of it onto my website and see if it finally feels like leaving home.