During a truly expensive trip to Dharma Trading Company last week, I had the pure joy of leafing through their entire book collection. Â One of my discoveries was Color by Design,Â by Ann Johnston. Â I had seen her book for sale on Amazon, but because I already had Color by AccidentÂ and found it too basic/simplistic for my tastes, I had passed it by. Â What a mistake!
Color by DesignÂ is exactly the book I’ve been looking for. Â It covers most of the surface design techniques I’ve been targeting, in a logical order, with exercises to help you explore them. Â It’s thorough and suitable for everyone from beginner to advanced – though I expect you will get the most out of it by working your way methodically through the exercises. Â (In other words, by being serious instead of dabbling.) Â It is emphatically notÂ just for beginners.
All of which goes to show that Amazon can only take you so far. Â I bought the book at Dharma, since they had done me an enormous service by showing me my mistake in passing the book by. Â This is a real treasure.
Today, after my guild meeting, I plan to tie up some loose ends. Â I have seven white and three black T-shirts to use up; I tied three T-shirts for dyeing yesterday and will dye them, plus maybe some of the others, today. Â I also have one shirt that needs to be discharged and re-dyed, which will happen either today or tomorrow depending on when I have time. Â And I have six pairs of socks that simply mustÂ be tie-dyed.
There are also black sweatpants to print on, and some cotton sports bras in the tie-dye bin, too. Â More than I can clean out in a single weekend, but I’ve decided to try finishing them off before the move. Â It will keep me from moping about, and at $3 per, mistakes won’t be tragic. Â I may use some of them to apply techniques fromÂ Color by Design.