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Color in Spinning

by Deb Menz


Interweave Press, 2005

Paperbound, 240 pages, over 300 color and black-and-white photographs, 55 illustrations

This book is out of print and is not available from the author.
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A paperbound edition of Deb Menz's classic guide to color for handspinners. Menz offers a technically savvy yet acessible tutorial on working with color and fiber. Included are illustrated demonstrations and in-depth discussions on immersion dyeing, painted rovings, blending colors and fibers, and spinning and plying multicolored preparations. Whether you're a novice or an expert, no spinner's library is complete without Color in Spinning.

"An essential manual for any handspinner who wishes to add color to handspun yarn.... Highly recommended." - Library Journal
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"Through gorgeous illustrations, in-depth discussions, enjoyable text and detailed tutorials, this book has everything a fiber artist needs to learn about color in handspinning. I'm at a loss as to what Deb Menz left out of this impressive book...." - Cara Randall, BellaOnline




ColorWorks

The Crafter's Guide to Color

by Deb Menz


Interweave Press, 2004

Covered spiral binding, 152 pages

$20 - includes shipping in the U.S.

An autographed copy can be requested


Stumped about which colors to use in a fiber project? Use Color Works and fret no more. The principles of color theory are presented at a practical level and then applied with real examples from knitting, spinning, weaving, surface design, hand and machine embroidery, beadwork, paper collage, and quilting.

“The detachable card tools, combined with the colour wheel, form an invaluable teaching aid. Together they provide a simple but effective way of becoming familiar with the main objects of achieving colour harmony”.
— Rag Hatters

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“This is the best ever guide to using colour. It is a cardmaker's delight and an amazingly beautiful book, each page singing with vibrant colour charts”. — Making Cards



Coming later in 2014 - 3 new DVDs to go along with Color Works!




Color by Number Basic Book

Published by Sara Lamb and Deb Menz


Limited edition 2nd edition available later in 2014
$250

"People kept asking us for reference books on how to use Lanaset dyes." In response, the comprehensive "Color by Number" dye notebooks were born. Deb and California fiber artist, Sara Lamb, developed and produced Color by Number — a recipe /sample book to be used as reference for people who want to dye protein fibers (as opposed to synthetic or vegetable fibers). Their particular usefulness is that in addition to containing actual dye formulas, the notebook contains real samples of dyed wool yarn showing what the end result will look like. Over 600 color samples are hand knotted in the book and the pages covered with page protectors . This complete guide is invaluable to experienced dyers as well as accessible to beginners.

The basic book has samples of DOS ranges of 0.1 to 4 of each of 12 dye colors. Each of the 12 dye colors are mixed first with black, then brown in a separate a range of proportions. There is a wide range of two-color mixes that create color wheel colors in both a DOS of 1 and 0.1. There are 300 different formulas in this section alone! It is a great reference for any level of dyer. A VERY limited number will be available later in 2014.



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Color by Number Book 2

Published by Sara Lamb and Deb Menz, 2006

Limited edition

$250

This is a continuation of the Basic book. In this edition we take the concept of complementary color pairs and create a series of formulas with each pair. For example: Think of the complementary pair of violet and yellow. There are several different color mixes possible to use: Blue/Red/Yellow, Blue/Magenta/Yellow, Blue/Scarlet/Yellow, to name a few of the dyes used together. Each of the combinations result in different colors. This book is useful to see how to create some of those elusive complex colors! We use 3-4 color mixes with 12 of the Lanaset dye colors in a DOS of 1 and 0.1. The notebook contains 740 samples and formulas. They are now available and a limited number are left.
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Dyeing in the Kitchen DVD

with Deb Menz


Interweave Press

75 minutes

$19.95 - includes shipping in the US.

This is an easy to understand guide to mixing dye colors and dyeing protein fibers! The dyes used in this DVD are for protein fibers such as wool and silk. The subjects covered are: Equipment & Safety, Choosing the dyes that are safe and easy to use, How to make dye stock solutions, SIMPLE math for creating repeatable colors, How to mix dyes to get the colors you want!
Lots of techniques are demonstrated such as immersion dyeing, low water dyeing, dip dyeing, resist dyeing, ombre's self striping yarns, painting yarns, and over dyeing.

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Color Works for Spinners DVD

with Deb Menz


Interweave Press

2 Disc set - 56 minutes & 40 minutes

$19.95 - includes shipping in the US.

Want to learn how to use a drum carder? Want to learn how to choose colors to put together for a yarn? This is the DVD for you. It covers simple color principles, basic blending techniques, how to understand the language of color and use it, how to color match through blending colors on the carder, and using multiple batts together. The exercises will inspire you to try more ideas!
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Color and Yarn Design for Spinners DVD

with Deb Menz


Interweave Press

2 Disc set 49 minutes & 39 minutes

$19.95 - including shipping in the US.

Anyone can design yarns that are rich intriguing, and complex using the simple approaches in this DVD. Start with an inspiration such as a photo that you like or an object you like the colors of and you are ready to start. With the assistance of a value scale and color wheel, you will learn to choose colors for a yarn. You will learn to train your eye to see complements and learn all the color principles you will need to use. There are demos on how to use the colors you've chosen. The bonus - Downloadable PDF's of a standard color wheel and value scale to use! Get inspired today!
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Fiber Preparation and Multicolor Blending Techniques DVD

with Deb Menz


Victorian Video

87 minutes

$20 - includes shipping in the U.S.

This video introduces many ways to prepare fiber for spinning, using both drum carder and combs. The focus is how to use fibers that have already been dyed to create multi-colored yarns. It starts with drum carding "101" on how to effectively choose and use a drum carder. Then it's on to blending colors to create new colors. Learn how to get predictable results, to blend luxury fibers, and to create multi-colored drum-carded batts so the colors stay clear and bright. Multi-colored rovings can also be created using combs. By using already combed and dyed wool top, the multi-colors will be created in a multi-step process of color arrangement on wide combs or hackles. Designing plied yarns concludes this workshop.
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Fiber Dyeing: Immersion and Painting DVD

with Deb Menz


Victorian Video

73 minutes

$20 - includes shipping in the U.S.

Beginning with a full fleece, you will learn proper skirting, sorting, and scouring techniques as you prepare the fiber for dyeing. The applying of color to protein fibers before the fibers are spun is easy and fun. First, learn step-by-step how to use the dyes (lanaset) and dye your fibers in a dyepot. A color wheel is used as a reference to figure out how to mix your own colors and create our own dye formulas. A second approach to applying color on fibers is to directly paint dye onto unspun roving. You will also learn how to use the painted fibers to create complex, repeatable multi-color yarns.
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