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Color By Accident

Exploring Low-Water Immersion Dyeing

Ann Johnston

Two disks: Total runtime: 4 hrs 19 min
Universal/Worldwide Play
English Audio Track with English & Spanish Subtitles

Take a workshop with Ann Johnston in 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: Exploring Low-Water Immersion Dyeing is an extension of the techniques Ann introduced in her ground-breaking book, Color by Accident: Low-Water Immersion Dyeing. In an orderly progression of topics with over 250 samples of fabric and 17 live demonstrations, Ann teaches how and when to vary her basic method, including how to:

  • mix 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 dye colors
  • adapt the Procion dyes to silk
  • follow up with your own explorations with dyes

  • “This video is a valuable expansion of the influential and pioneering book, Color By Accident. Clear and informative, this video is a great addition to any library.”

    - Elin Noble, New Bedford, MA

    “It is quite ingenious the way you make patterns. It seems like an expanded approach from shibori in that the process is based on the dimensional transformation and mastering of dye permeation. But, it's much simpler and is amazingly effective! I have two of your books which I admire for the clear organization of material.”

    - Yoshiko I. Wada, Berkeley, CA

    “I have degrees in education and designed training programs and trained trainers. It’s obvious that a lot of work went into designing and producing the workshop and I am so very grateful that Ann chose to do it.”

    - Kathie Briggs, Northern MI

    “I enjoyed Ann’s way of presenting the work, viewing and reviewing seamlessly. Wonderful work.”

    - Barbara Lee Smith, Gig Harbor, WA

    “It was like a semester in college. Great stuff. Now I know whom to thank for low water immersion dyeing. Word of mouth is spreading the word about your DVD.”

    - Beth Berman, Searsport, ME