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Are you looking for ready-made tie dye to buy?

Are you making tie dyed garments to sell using our products?

Join the community where we support makers using our products at this link...

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Ice dyeing

Many of you have asked me about Ice Dyeing. I have answered all of your questions in this detailed online course at this link...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ice-dyeing-with-reactive-dye/

Start with the right information and get great results right from the start.



Join my online school on Patreon

"Melanie, I really want to attend a workshop with you, only it is...

...too far

...too expensive

...at a time that does not suit me."


I listened to you and have create an online school that you can use...

...from the comfort of your own home

...at a price you can afford

...at any time that suits you.


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Your color choices

Click through to this link to view the selection of color combinations that you can choose from in the Box Kits...

https://www.facebook.com/SlipstreamDyeAndPrints/videos/10156573386378343/


Learn to dye a heart

I made a new tutorial video for all of you this week. Here is the technique you can use to dye a heart.



Make local, buy local, support local, grow local.


How do I buy Slipstream Dye?

If you are in a hurry and would like to buy something off the shelf, click on the button that says "Stockists" at the top of this page and you will find the national list of stores that carries our products.

If you want the widest selection, and are prepared to wait a little for what you need to arrive in the post, you can order through our mail order channel at

info@dyeandprints.co.za

For Special Offers, click on the button at the top of this page that says "Special Offers" and you will find the current selection.


 


Is it a Hot or a Cold fabric dye?

Slipstream Fabric dye gives the best results at 65-70 degrees Celsius.

You will find the online course with the long explanation at this link...

http://https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/what-is-the-difference-between-a-hot-and-a-cold-fabric-dye/


 


Learn to dye and print your own fabrics

Over past years I have taught thousands of people how to dye and print their own fabrics by hand.

The cost of travel is high and I often only have a handful of interested people in any place, so I found a way to make my courses available online so that I can reach my students anywhere in the world, at any time of the day or night, at a price we can both afford.

The online courses are a blended experience of video and reading with plenty of clear pictures and explanations.

The learning platform is interactive. If there is anything you do not understand in the course, you simply ask your questions on the course feedback forms and I will answer them in person.

Thanks to the marvel of modern technology, I now have students all around the world, including Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and Russia.

I have also created different ways of learning from me, depending on your learning style and budget.

You can sign up for the online courses and eBooks if you want to learn something specific at any time. You choose the topic of your choice and sign up when you are ready.

http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/collections/courses

If you prefer to pay a small monthly subscription, I have also created an online school on Patreon. For a monthly contribution you learn something from me every day on the exclusive learning feed. Patrons on this platform receive daily learning and discounts on courses and eBooks.

http://www.patreon.com/dyeandprints/

Sign up and learn how to create your own designs and prints, in the colors that you want, when you need them, and on a shoestring budget.


 

 

Techniques

Are you looking for more information about techniques for different patterns and ways of using the dye?

Click through to this link to view the selection of online courses and eBooks...

http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/collections/fabric-dyeing



Dip Dyeing

Between 2002-2008 I manufactured hundreds of dip dyed items for the South African fashion industry for brands like Sun Goddess and Stoned Cherrie. Later I went on to teach the technique i scores of workshops around Southern Africa.

There is an easy way and a difficult way to achieve this finish. The different techniques have different benefits and drawbacks.

I have written down all of my knowledge about the process in an eBook that you can use to assess which method is best suited to your specific purposes.

Are you in a hurry?

Do you need the finish to be wash fast?

Do all of your curtains need to look exactly the same?

Are you making it for somebody else?

Do you want a dip dyed wedding dress?

This eBook will answer all of your questions about the process.

http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-dip-dyeing-in-detail/




Tsitsikama

A favorite Box Kit of forest fairies... This color combination of cool greens with navy and purple for accents, is a favorite color combination among our customers.

Click through to the Special Offers for the Tsitsikama special until 23 February.



Today's Tie Dye Tutorial

 You can make these colors using a Rainbow Box Kit.


 


Would YOU like to make one of these?

Would YOU like to try making something like this?

Here is the video to show you how to bind the fabric...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIAxDIQFajM


Any 100% cotton fabric will work. Perhaps you have some old stained sheets that need a face lift?



Special Offers

1x Favorite Five @ R505

1x Brights @ R505

1x Online course to teach you how to use the dye valued at R620

Shipping & handling @ R125

You pay only R1500! SAVE R405!

Order and pay BEFORE midnight on 17 January 2018 to qualify for this unbeatable price. This offer is for a limited time only and will not be extended beyond the date specified.


1x Rainbow Box Kit @ R405

1x eBook to teach you how to make rainbows with a group of kids valued at R220

Shipping & handling @ R125

You pay only R550! SAVE R200!  

Order and pay BEFORE midnight on 17 January 2018 to qualify for this unbeatable price. This offer is for a limited time only and will not be extended beyond the date specified.


FREE Course In Time For Valentine's Day

http://https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/learn-to-dye-a-heart/ 



An offer for YOU!

An opportunity to receive a Slipstream Hamper valued at R1000...

Many of you who enjoy using Slipstream Fabric Dye have asked why the product is not yet available in your nearest craft store.

In tight financial times, craft stores do not take on a new product line unless they hear directly from their customers that they will buy the product if it is on the shelf. The store managers do not want to hear from me about how wonderful the product is. They want to hear from YOU that you will buy it from them.

If you can talk your local craft shop into buying our products, and they mention YOUR name when they place their first wholesale order, we will send you a hamper of dye valued at R1000 to say THANK YOU!

You can share this link with your local store if they want more information...

http://www.dyeandprints.co.za/

If you want to enjoy the convenience of buying Slipstream Dye off the shelf from a store near you, walk in and speak to the store manager about stocking our products, and if they buy from us, you can receive a hamper valued at R1000. Remind them to mention your name when they place their order.

TOGETHER we can do MORE.


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Your VERY LAST CHANCE

This is your very last chance to order Slipstream products at 2017 pricing. On 1 January our pricing will go up in line with our rising costs. Place your order NOW at

info@dyeandprints.co.za


Extra Tutorials

If you are interested in extra tutorials and video, Melanie shares all of her secrets with her Patrons on Patreon.

Learn from Melanie in person on Patreon, from as little as $1USD a month. The more you spend, the more you get. Click through to this link to become a Patron and start learning more about dyeing and printing cloth from somebody with twenty four years of experience making decorative textiles.

http://www.patreon.com/dyeandprints/ 


Newsletter and SPECIAL OFFERS

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How to make rainbow gifts for Christmas

"Melanie, I want to make tie dyed T-shirts for Christmas gifts."

How to select suitable fabrics for dyeing... Watch the video that explains how different fibers respond to different chemicals...

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=RrpEtS_5Dv0

Here is an easy one-stop-reference for identifying fibers using a burn test...

http://images.taunton.com/downlo…/…/T168_Burn_Test_Chart.pdf

We recommend that you start by watching this FREE video so you can get an idea of what the activity entails. This is a fail-safe technique. If you stick to the suggestions in the video, you should get a happy result. Thousands of people have achieved great results using this video.

https://youtu.be/tVnTNglk3DU 

If you have detailed questions about the process that you could not work out from the video, there is an eBook for $15 (around R200 depending on the exchange rate) that will answer all of your questions. You will find the eBook at this link...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/make-rainbow-tie-dye-with-a-group-of-kids/

This eBook is on an automated platform that you can access at any time of the day or night, from anywhere in the world. No waiting for our office to get back to you with information that you need in a hurry. Once you have worked your way through the information you will also have a better understanding of what you will need.

Purchasing the tie dye kits... If you use the technique in the video you can get up to 30 kids T-shirts from a Rainbow Box or other Box Of 3 color combination. This is the same kit that we use in the video and the colors will mix rainbows. If you use the technique in the video, you can get up to 50 kids T-shirts from a Box Of 5. Select a pre-packed color set that you like.

http://www.dyeandprints.co.za

Purchasing the T-shirts... Click through to the link below to download the entire list of suppliers that we have used over the years. This is a FREE resource.

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-suppliers-list-south-africa-only/

I hope that this helps you to plan how you will make your rainbow gifts this year?


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Select the course or eBook that you want and click through to the check-out.

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Can I re-use Slipstream Fabric Dye once I have mixed in all of the chemicals?

Absolutely! Click through to this link for detailed information...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/re-use-re-cycle-how-to-make-the-most-of-your-reactive-dye-while-caring-about-the-planet/

The chemistry is most efficient right at the start where all the chemicals go in, and then the reaction tapers off over time. It tapers off over quite a long period of time and you can certainly re-use the dye a second and even a third time. Each time that you use it the colour will be more pastel and your textures will become softer.There is no need to add more chemicals once all the powders in the packs are in the fluid. Re-heating the dye the second time around can improve results, as can longer exposure times. I have left fabrics in recycled dye for up to three weeks and I got beautiful results. Do not be afraid to leave the fabric in the fluids for a longer period of time. Just remember that if you want to manage the outcome and get a perfect colour, you can only do so with fresh dye. When using dye that has stood for a period, the result will be a variable. I quite enjoy working with recycled dye because I look forward to the surprise of the colour that comes out of the dyebath. You never quite know what it will be. Re-using your dye is a great way to achieve graded shades of a similar colour that go from dark to light, especially for quilters.  If you want to learn more about how reactive dye works and how to achieve results that are bright and lasting wash after wash, click through and sign up for my online course at the link below...

http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/the-basics-of-tie-dye-with-reactive-dyes/

 


Customer Feedback

"Best Dyes in South Africa and sold with love!" Veronique Breugelmans

"We did spiral tie dye with a group of over 30 kids this weekend with your dye. They came out fantastic! We used the brights set and the combinations were great and the colours bold and bright. It was great to see their faces as they opened up their shirts! It was so easy even with so many kids." Rina Coetzee Gous


How much fabric can you dye with 250g Bulk Dye?

"How much fabric can I dye with 250g of your dye?"

How much chemical you use will depend on the specific technique and fabric used.

We recommend that you sample your technique and fabric for your specific purpose and work it out from there.

For example, if you mix the dye and dip the fabric in the color, you might get 200 T-shirts from the 250g pack. If you are doing ice dyeing, you might only get 20 if you like to use a lot of powder to achieve your specific effects. Different effects use vastly different quantities of chemical, so your choice of technique will determine how much you will use. The techniques that we usually recommend for beginners use less dye than the ice dyeing techniques that are currently fashionable. 

Different size washing machines with different volumes and cycles will use different quantities. You will have to sample your fabric in your machine to get your specific quantities. 

Click through to the link below and select the eBook that answers the rest of your questions about specific techniques like washing machine dyeing...

http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/collections/courses 


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We Love Slipstream Fabric Dye

We have created a Facebook community where our students can show off what they have made.

We often get inquiries from visitors to this website who are looking for ready made T-shirts and not the kits. If you post the garments and products that you are making for sale in this group, we can send these people directly there to choose what they would like from your selection.

In this way we grow the customers who support our brand.

Click through to the group below to add your images of your products that are dyed with Slipstream Fabric Dye...

https://www.facebook.com/groups/530203853978125/

If you are somebody who is looking for ready made tie dyed T-shirts and not self-help kits, please click through to the link above to view the selection there.


Sandton Stockist Fully Stocked!

The Painted Lady in Sandton is now fully stocked and ready for a summer of rainbows.

72 11th Street Parkmore

Hayley Brummer                                                                                            

011 783 9991 

https://www.facebook.com/ThePaintedLadyTattoo/   



Introducing...Carol Tebbutt!

Carol Tebbutt is our stockist in Durban. She has been working with our products for many years and she can help you with your Slipstream Box Kits in Durban.

Carol does not have a brick and mortar store. Contact her on her cell number and make an appointment to collect what you need from her. Her cell number is 0829217360.


Here is a really simple technique for heating the chemicals...

 

How to figure out what you need for your specific requirements...

Many different uses...

Our customers use our Slipstream Dye in a number of different ways and we have created a wide range of products to support your specific experience. Scroll down this list to find the section that best describes YOUR personal needs, to find the resources that you need to get started with the product.

The eBooks and online courses are hosted on an automated platform that you can access at any time of the day or night. Access the information when you need it. As soon as your PayPal payment reflects, you have access to the learning material. Because the platform is an international one and it is hosted in North America, the platform is set up in $USD. The $15 eBooks work out to around R200, depending on the exchange rate at the time.

Some of the resources are FREE and hosted on YouTube.


I want to make tie dye with a group of children.

Start with the right information first...


We recommend that you start by watching this FREE video so you can get an idea of what the activity entails. This is a fail-safe technique. If you stick to the suggestions in the video, you should get a happy result. Thousands of people have achieved great results using this video.

https://youtu.be/tVnTNglk3DU

If you have detailed questions about the process that you could not work out from the video, there is an eBook for $15 (around R200 depending on the exchange rate) that will answer all of your questions. You will find the eBook at this link...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-make-rainbow-tie-dye-with-a-group-of-kids/

This eBook is on an automated platform that you can access at any time of the day or night, from anywhere in the world. No waiting for our office to get back to you with information that you need in a hurry. Once you have worked your way through the information you will also have a better understanding of what you will need.

Purchasing the tie dye kits...

If you use the technique in the video you can get up to 30 kids T-shirts from a Rainbow Box or other Box Of 3 color combination. This is the same kit that we use in the video and the colors will mix rainbows. If you use the technique in the video, you can get up to 50 kids T-shirts from a Box Of 5. Select a pre-packed color set that you like.

Purchasing the T-shirts...

Click through to the link below to download the entire list of suppliers  that we have used over the years. This is a FREE resource.

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-suppliers-list-south-africa-only/



We are having a Hippie party and want to make our own T-shirts.

Start with the right information first...


We recommend that you start by watching this FREE video so you can get an idea of what the activity entails. This is a fail-safe technique. If you stick to the suggestions in the video, you should get a happy result. Thousands of people have achieved great results using this video.

https://youtu.be/tVnTNglk3DU

If you have detailed questions about the process that you could not work out from the video, there is an eBook for $15 (around R200 depending on the exchange rate) that will answer all of your questions. You will find the eBook at this link...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/make-rainbow-tie-dye-with-a-group-of-kids/

Yes. These techniques work for adult children also.

This course is on an automated platform that you can access at any time of the day or night, from anywhere in the world. Once you have worked your way through the information you will also have a better understanding of what you will need.

Purchasing the tie dye kits...

If you use the technique in the video you can get up to 20 adult T-shirts from a Rainbow Box, depending on the size of the T-shirts. This is the same kit that we use in the video.

If you use the technique in the video, you can get up to 30 adult T-shirts from a Box Of 5, depending on the size of the shirts. Select a pre-packed color set that you like.

Purchasing the T-shirts...

Click through to the link below to download the entire list of suppliers  that we have used over the years. This is a FREE resource.

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-suppliers-list-south-africa-only/


I want to make tie dyed T-shirts to sell at markets.

Start with the right information first...

We recommend that you start by watching this FREE video so you can get an idea of what the activity entails. This is a fail-safe technique. If you stick to the suggestions in the video, you should get a happy result. Thousands of people have achieved great results using this video.

https://youtu.be/tVnTNglk3DU

If you have detailed questions about the process that you could not work out from the video, there is an eBook for $15 (around R200 depending on the exchange rate) that will answer all of your questions. You will find the eBook at this link...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/make-rainbow-tie-dye-with-a-group-of-kids/

Yes. These techniques work for adult children also. This eBook is on an automated platform that you can access at any time of the day or night, from anywhere in the world. Once you have worked your way through the information you will also have a better understanding of what you will need. By starting with the basics you can buy T-shirts on Monday and be trading by the weekend.

If you want detailed information about how the dye works because vibrancy and wash fastness are important to your customers, you will find the online course with the answers to all of your troubleshooting questions at this link...

http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/the-basics-of-tie-dye-with-reactive-dyes/

Purchasing the tie dye kits... 

If you use the technique in the video you can get up to 20 adult T-shirts from a Rainbow Box, depending on the size of the T-shirts. This is the same kit that we use in the video. If you use the technique in the video, you can get up to 30 adult T-shirts from a Box Of 5, depending on the size of the shirts. Select a pre-packed color set that you like.

Purchasing the T-shirts...

Click through to the link below to download the entire list of suppliers  that we have used over the years. This is a FREE resource.

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-suppliers-list-south-africa-only/



I want to redye my faded denims.

Start with the right information...

How are YOU hoping to get the job done? You can do so in a pot on your stove or in your washing machine. Some washing machines give better results than others and we recommend that you read the eBook BEFORE you invest in the chemicals if you want to be sure that your machine is going to give you the results you expect.

Here is the link to the online course for dyeing fabric in your washing machine...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/dyeing-flat-colour-in-your-washing-machine/

Here is the link to the FREE video with the fail safe method for dyeing your denims in a pot on the stove...

https://youtu.be/F7EwJaz8Iw4

Here is the link to the online course with detailed information about the process if the video was not enough for you...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/dyeing-flat-colour-in-a-pot-on-the-stove/

Purchasing the kit...

Order the Box Of 1 in Black, Navy or Brown. These Box kits are pre-packed with all of the chemicals that you need. Just add to water and stir.



I want to dye my …. another color.

Start with the right information...

Here are a few very important things that you should understand before you spend money, time and energy on a project that might not work out as you hope it will. Especially if your garment is polyester, or if it has splashes of bleach on.

Choosing suitable fabric for dyeing, and why it is so important to know what fibre you are working with. This video is a FREE resource.

https://youtu.be/RrpEtS_5Dv0

Fabric dye is see through. It is important to understand this if you expect to cover an uneven base cloth, like a fabric that has had bleach spilled on it.. This video is a FREE resource.

https://youtu.be/bAlfiTud5ig

If you are hoping for an exact color match, then you really should read the online course about Mixing Your Own Color...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/mixing-your-own-colours/

The information in this course will give you the best chance of achieving the results that you expect.

How are YOU hoping to get the job done? You can do so in a pot on your stove or in your washing machine. Some washing machines give better results than others and we recommend that you start with the online course BEFORE you invest in the chemicals if you want to be sure that your machine is going to give you the results you expect.

Here is the link to the online course for dyeing fabric in your washing machine...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/dyeing-flat-colour-in-your-washing-machine/

Here is the link to the FREE video with the fail safe method for dyeing your denims in a pot on the stove...

https://youtu.be/F7EwJaz8Iw4

Here is the link to the online course with detailed information about the process if the video was not enough for you...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/dyeing-flat-colour-in-a-pot-on-the-stove/

Purchasing the kit...

Order the Box Of 1 in the color of your choice. There are fourteen colors available.


I want to dye my stained cotton couch cover.

Start with the right information...

How are YOU hoping to get the job done? You can do so in a pot on your stove or in your washing machine. Some washing machines give better results than others and we recommend that you read the eBook BEFORE you invest in the chemicals if you want to be sure that your machine is going to give you the results you expect.

Here is the link to the online course for dyeing fabric in your washing machine...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/dyeing-flat-colour-in-your-washing-machine/

Here is the link to the FREE video with the fail safe method for dyeing your denims in a pot on the stove...

https://youtu.be/F7EwJaz8Iw4

Here is the link to the eBook with detailed information about the process if the video was not enough for you...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/dyeing-flat-colour-in-a-pot-on-the-stove/

Purchasing the chemicals...

The 250g Bulk Dye is the most cost effective way to purchase the quantity that you will need for a project of this size. The Bulk Dye is available in fourteen different colors.

You will also need to purchase 1kg of salt and 250g of soda ash (a common swimming pool chemical available from Makro and swimming pool shops) to complete the recipe. We do not ship these items to you in the post as the added weight of shipping is costly and most customers prefer to source them cheaply locally.


I want to make my own quilt fabrics.

I want to mix my own colors

Start with the right information...

Here is the link to the online course that you can use to make a color chart with more than 100 recipes.

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/mixing-your-own-colours/

Purchasing the kits...

A Favorite Five Box Kit has everything you need to mix the recipe chart.


I want to mix flesh tones

Start with the right information...

Here is the link to the eBook...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-mix-your-own-flesh-tones/

Purchasing the kits...

A Favourite Five and a Fire Box Kit will give you everything you need to mix flesh tones.



I want to have fun 

Start with the right information...

The Quilter's Crush is really easy and fail safe. You will love the rich textured fabrics that you get from this simple process.

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-the-quilters-crush/ 

Purchasing the kits...

Select any of the pre-packed Box Kits with 3 or 5 colors, in a colorway that YOU like. This technique works well with all colors.


I am a fashion designer and I want to dye my own fabrics and garments in-house and on-demand.

Purchasing the chemicals...

Bulk Dye in 250g, 500g and 1kg packs is the most cost-effective way to purchase if you plan to mass produce.

For more information about what is in the kits themselves, click through to this link...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/extra-information-about-slipstream-dye/


You really DO need all of the extra information

With more and more people using Slipstream Fabric Dye to color their textiles in different ways, I found myself spending more and more of my time answering specific questions. I eventually turned these answers into detailed eBooks, videos and online courses where I tried to think of everything and answer EVERY question I have been asked on that topic.


The eBooks and courses are now uploaded onto an automated platform that you can access from anywhere, at a time that suits YOU. You can work through the material at your own pace, in your own time. If you find there is something you are not clear on, you can refer back to it, even in the middle of the night. No more waiting to try to get hold of me in person to get the answers that you need, when you need them.


Here is a short list of the resources that most people need most often...


How do I choose suitable fabrics for dyeing?
https://youtu.be/RrpEtS_5Dv0

I need a simple technique for working with groups of children or for my Hippie theme birthday party?
https://youtu.be/tVnTNglk3DU

I want to dye fabric in my washing machine.
https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/dyeing-flat-colour-in-your-washing-machine/ 

I want to redye my faded denims. The fail safe technique.
https://youtu.be/F7EwJaz8Iw4

For general information like human and environmental safety, suitable fabrics, quantities and basic mixing instructions...
https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/extra-information-about-slipstream-dye/

If you REALLY wan to understand how the chemistry works and how to create a number of different tie dyed patterns, the course that will answer ALL of your technical questions about the process and offer you a method to use for troubleshooting when you have challenges...
http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/the-basics-of-tie-dye-with-reactive-dyes/

I want to learn how to Dip Dye 
http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/dip-dyeing-in-detail/ 

I want to learn how to make a rainbow spiral.
http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/learn-to-make-rainbow-spiral-tie-dye 

How much should I charge for my products?
http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/costing-pricing-your-products

I hope that this list helps you to find the resource that you need to answer your specific questions.


Custom Dyeing Of Fabrics In Specific Colors

We get inquiries every day from people who ask if we can custom dye their fabrics and garments to match a certain Pantone color.

This is NOT A SERVICE THAT WE OFFER.

We supply craft dyeing kits for crafters and manufacturers who color their own cloth in-house.

If you would like to learn how to dye your own fabrics in your washing machine, we recommend that you start with this online course that explains what is required...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/dyeing-flat-colour-in-your-washing-machine/ 


 

Can you re-use Slipstream Dye?

Yes you can!

Store your leftover dye in a sealed container in a cool dark place and you can recycle it again for later use.

The chemistry IS most efficient just after all of the chemicals have been mixed into the hot water and the longer the mixture stands, the paler the colors become.

And If you do not mind pastel shades, some of our customers use their leftover dye up to six months later for pastel colors.

There is no need to add extra chemicals. Just add the fabric and heat the dye to 65 degrees, and it will fix what is left of the active ingredients to the cloth.

Click through to this link for more information...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/re-use-re-cycle-how-to-make-the-most-of-your-reactive-dye-while-caring-about-the-planet/


Human and Environmental Safety

Do YOU have questions about the product? Would you like to know that they are safe to use? Are you concerned about the environmental impact of the chemicals in the kits?

Click through to this link to find all of the answers to these questions...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/extra-information-about-slipstream-dye/

Are they safe to use?

Yes! As far as we know in terms of current global best practice standards. The reactive dye in our kits is the same that is used in many industrial fabric mills that produce for reputable chain stores. IF USED CORRECTLY it is vibrant and color fast and safe to use even on baby clothing.

The small quantity of waste chemical that you will produce for your home craft project can be safely disposed of into the municipal drainage system.  It should not be thrown into a septic tank, as it will interfere with the delicate bacteria balance of the system.

Click through to the link above for more detailed information.


Aiming for Perfection

I meet so many creative humans who are hanging up on a project because they are striving to make a perfect item and they are afraid that they will mess it up in some way. They wait for the perfect day when they feel absolutely ready, not realizing that they are unlikely to ever feel ready.


And Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. To some, tiny neat stitches are Perfection. To others messy stitches to make bold statements are Perfection for a different set of reasons. Perfection is a subjective thing.


It also changes with perspective and time.


When I first saw this dress from my first book, Contemporary Dyecraft, I felt it was a failure because it did not turn out quite as I had planned. Eight years down the line, I know it is one of the most successful images in the book and I have worn the dress to tatters. Scores of people have begged me to buy it off me. It achieved a Perfection to a purpose, beyond my obsession that it turn out exactly as I planned.


If YOU are a creative who is waiting for the perfect day to start on a project that you care about, start today, even if you do not feel ready.


The Jaclyn

This heart shaped Jaclyn stamp is a favorite with school and craft teachers. It is so pretty that many of our customers are using them for coasters and place mats rather than spoil them with paint. 

Print on cloth, paper, card, glass, pvc, wood and many other porous surfaces.

Use them to emboss soft ceramic and polymer clay.

Give them to little children with paper and wax crayons and let them make rubbings.


What is the difference between Art and Craft?

This wonderful video explains the difference between the two...

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/is-there-a-difference-between-art-and-craft-laura-morelli


Another NEW eBook!

Many of the crafters who contact us are hoping to turn their hobby into a business. If you are one of these people, I have create a FREE eBook to help you with your decision. Click through to the link below to download your FREE copy...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/are-you-ready-to-be-an-entrepreneur


NEW Flesh Tones eBook

Many of you have asked me for an eBook to help you to mix your own flesh tones for your art quilts. I finally finished writing it this week!

Click through to the link below to order your copy...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-mix-your-own-flesh-tones/


How do you do it?

"How do you do it?"

I am asked this question often on the forums.

"How do you know so much about dye?"

"How do you print such perfect fabrics?

They call it 10000 Hours Of Mastery. Or as my old Mum would say..."Practice."

And not just any kind of practice either. I was making products to sell to commercial buyers, who had an expectation of quality and wash fastness.

For the early part of my career, before I started teaching, I was MAKING. Between 1993 and 1998 I produced THOUSANDS of garments that I sold at markets. On average I made 100 garments a week back then. If I made something that I was unable to sell because of something I had done that people did not like, I ended up marking it down and selling it off at cost to recoup my losses. This forced me to pay attention to what people were buying and make more of that.

Later, between 2002-2008, when I mass produced for the local fashion industry, I not only made similar volumes, I now also produced them to a very specific brief supplied by the customer, and usually on a very tight turnaround time. With little margin for error working on other people's garments and fabrics, high levels of customer expectation and tight deadlines, I had to produce high quality work quickly and consistently, month after month to pay my rent.

If I messed up a customer's fabrics, I would buy them from them to recoup their financial loss. I could not afford to do this too many times, so I made sure my quality was the best I could produce.

Then I climbed in my car and drove 250 000km around Southern Africa to teach thousands of people, where I explored a whole bunch of other questions that my students asked me. I learned to make while talking and teaching. Teaching takes up most of my brain, and when I teach I fall back on old habits learned during hours and hours of making the same thing over and over again.

When I create my eBooks and online courses I draw on ALL of this knowledge for your benefit.

It has become easy for me to produce beautiful things over the years. It is a Gift earned with practice.

If you are a creatuve who is just starting out and you wish that your work was "better" in some way, make more of your art. Practice. Make more of your art. Make even more of your art.

And one day you will wake up and realize that you are easily and instinctively making wonderful pieces, without the same struggle that accompanied your earlier efforts.

FINISH things. Even if you feel that you have messed them up in some way. Press through the difficulty and produce a finished work. A finished work that you dislike is still far more emotionally empowering than one that you have abandoned half way.

Press on. Persevere. Practice.


Progress on the Up-Cycled Cloth Collective

In less than two months the Facebook group has reached almost 2000 members...

https://www.facebook.com/groups/749770311856711/

The admin that has accompanied the growth was unexpected.

So I have created an archive where I am recording the entire project including bio's and information about participating makers, photo's of the fabrics that I have printed and images of the finished textile items that are emerging from the collaboration. The list of names of participating artists also appears here. If you are involved in the project you can also visit this page to see if your package of cloth has been shipped yet.

If you want to view the whole project in one place, click through to the link below...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/up-cycled-cloth-collective-contributions/

Helene Janse Van Rensburg made this gorgeous bag using the fabric that I sent her. I am super excited to see what else emerges from this process!


Are YOU a Patron Of My Rainbow Arts?

I was first introduced to the idea of creating artistic works and presenting them to people for free, and then ASKING them to pay you what they feel you deserve, based on their own personal budget and means, by Amanda Palmer in her TED Talk four years ago. The concept blew my mind and I wondered if I would ever have the courage or the network to work that way.

Over the past weeks, several of my international customers have approached me and asked me to create a way for them to contribute financially towards my activities, simply because they enjoy the information that I share freely on Facebook. They say they have learned so much from me, they feel it is time they give something back.

And so, this week, the crowd funding platform was born.

If you would like to become a Patron Of My Rainbow Arts with a financial contribution via PayPal, click through to the link below to select a coupon that fits your budget...

http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/collections/up-cycled-cloth-collective-coupons

THANK YOU to all of you who help to keep my creative machine running! I appreciate you all so very much.


Customer Feedback

"What a thoroughly enjoyable course!

I found it to be quite relaxing, almost meditative in style. The music and the simplicity of the visuals complimented the dye techniques that you demonstrated Melanie. The presentation was appealing, it was delivered in short bursts of information and demonstrations.

I also enjoyed having the option to go slowly and to replay the presentations to suit my own speed of learning and my home duties!"

Yanina Carling

http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/the-basics-of-tie-dye-with-reactive-dyes/


News Flash

Order and pay for any three Box Of 5 kits before midnight on Tuesday 28 March and you pay only R1250 including shipping. You save R380!

email Bonnie today to place your order at

info@dyeandprints.co.za

Use the words "I want to SAVE on three please!" in the tagline of your order to qualify for the special price.

This offer is valid for a limited time only. We do not extend this special offer beyond the date stated here. Order and pay today if you do not want to miss out on this opportunity.


The Up-Cycled Cloth Collective

We created a group on Facebook to promote global awareness about how we use, re-use and dispose of old cloth.

I received a stash of old fabrics from a deceased estate. It is a motley collection of different colours, prints, weaves and fiber sources. I am up-cycling these fabrics using my own hand carved lino stamps. I am sending bundles of these fabrics out to textile manufacturers and fiber artists all around the world to transform into finished items.

Click through and join our Facebook group if you would like to follow the journey of this cloth...

https://www.facebook.com/groups/749770311856711/ 


Keep your kids busy with useful crafts this coming holiday...

Kids really love to make tie dye because there is such a magical Wow Moment! right at the end of the process. They wear them and love them in the months that follow and when somebody compliments them on what they have made, they get to say...

"I made it MYSELF!"

It is a powerful feedback loop for building confidence in children.

Watch the video and see just how easy it is to keep a whole group of them busy this holiday...




Where to find all the FREE stuff!

The link to the FREE online tie dye course...

http://https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/melanies-free-tie-dye-course/

The link to the FREE online lino printing course...

http://https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/free-tutorial-lino-prints-on-cloth/

The link to the FREE lesson plan for school teachers...

http://https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/printing-with-found-objects/

The link to the FREE list of suppliers for Fashion Designers in South Africa...

http://https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-suppliers-list-south-africa-only/


The Fail-Safe Method

There are many ways to play with dye and manipulate techniques to get different finishes. If all YOU want to do is to redye your faded denims and maybe a few stained items, I have uploaded a video that will help you...




Valentines Day Competition

With Valentines Day just around the corner, we have to do another competition for this great stamp.

This 20cm x 20cm craft stamp is so versatile. You can use it in so many ways for your craft projects. Print on cloth, paper, card, wood and other porous surfaces. Use it to emboss into soft ceramic, polymer clay and cake icing. Many of our customers just use them as place mats and coasters because they are so pretty!

Send an email to

info@dyeandprints.co.za

with the words "I want to win your heart!" in the tagline to get your name into the lucky draw on Valentines Day at noon (SA time).


New Online Courses

Many of you have been in touch to ask about workshops and classes. Instead of waiting until I finally reach your town to teach, you can sign up ANY TIME and take the online course instead.

Sign up at a time that suits YOU when you have the money for it, and learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home, without the distractions that come with other students in the workshop.

Here are some of the new online courses that you can sign up for...

Learn how to make a Rainbow Spiral

http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/learn-to-make-rainbow-spiral-tie-dye 

Learn to dye a Heart

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/learn-to-dye-a-heart/   

Learn Different Binding Patterns for Tie Dye

http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/learn-to-make-different-tie-dye-patterns/


"You can't do it like THAT!"

"You can't do it like that!"

I often hear these words when I get involved on forums about techniques. And perhaps this is a good time to explain where and how I learned what I know?

When I first started working with textiles in 1993, there was no such thing as Google. I learned what I needed to know about the products that I work with directly from my suppliers and when they could not answer my questions, I would return home and TRY IT FOR MYSELF.

There was no internet to refer to; no access to online craft teachers to harass for information.

Over the years, I personally manufactured THOUSANDS of hand dyed and lino printed garments and fabrics for retail. First I sold my own clothing line through markets, and later I manufactured custom textiles for the Fashion Industry. At the height of my manufacturing career I pushed around 100 garments a week through my hands with little help.

Fashion Weeks come with deadlines and I often had to produce something magical on an unfamiliar fabric within 24 hours. Designers would give me only one frock to work on. No sample to try the technique on first. I was under pressure to get it right first time, every time.

Designers would also make requests for things that they did not understand were not possible (certainly not within the timeframe and budget that they expected) and I became quite practiced at understanding what can and cannot be achieved on cloth, on a shoestring budget.

Often they would press me to go back to my workshop and try anyway. Often I did, usually to my own personal cost. I remember every lesson I learned this way, until I learned to say "No. This is unsustainable for me". I have tried MANY things, with variable results.

And on this journey I worked out a handful of simple, fail-safe techniques that reliably serve a wide range of needs within short timeframes.

Such techniques are safest to use when you are a fashion designer who needs to make a sample now, that you can replicate later when you have an order for 60 garments from a store, and the store has an expectation that your production run will look the same as your sample. They are also suitable for anybody who wishes to teach crafts to beginners and children.

This is where my techniques were born. I sampled a bunch of things and then turned the simplest of them into learning material for beginners to give them the best chance of good results with little experience.

This sometimes frustrates my students who are hoping to hear very complicated information from me. Great teaching, like great design, is all about economy and elegance. It is my aim to make it simple for you. Not difficult.

Some of my techniques come under fire on the public forums where theories abound. My information comes straight from trial and error and hard personal experience.

I am NOT teaching you from the place of a craft teacher who has read a few techniques from books and then dabbled in my kitchen with a few bits. I am a mass producer sharing what I have learned over twenty years of making THOUSANDS of garments for retail

I have trained at least as many people as I have made T-shirts over the past twenty years. If the information seems almost too simple for you, it is because I designed it that way so that you can have the best chance of success on your first projects, without having to walk the same road of expensive trial and error that I did.

There are MANY ways of achieving similar things. I teach the ways that have worked best for me commercially.

If you prefer to use another way that you learned somewhere else, it is awesome! I am happy to hear that your spirit of adventure and trying for yourself are alive and well.

Please do not suggest that I use somebody else's material and start to teach their techniques. My material is ONLY authentic because of how it came to life and I have no interest in copying others, whether it is their designs or their training material.


Two Options For International Payments By Credit Card

We offer you two different payment gateways to choose from so that you can pay by credit card from anywhere in the world...


Bespoke Author Made Prints

I have decided to start selling my hand carved lino stamps. There are many Fashion Designers out there who would like to know that the fabrics in their collection at Fashion Week are as unique as their garment designs.

If you are one of these designers, you can purchase the stamp and the exclusive rights to print it on your fabrics, for only R5500 per design. Here are some of the designs that you can choose from...


Special Offers For YOU

On 1 January 2017 our prices go up with our annual price increase and I know that there are many of you who might like to stock up now before this happens?

We have some fantastic special offers for you...

Rainbow Special
Order three Rainbow Boxes for only R800, including postage. You save R150! We will also throw in a complimentary eBook valued at R200 to teach you how to use the kit to do dyeing with a group of children. If you are a teacher, this is the offer for YOU!

Bulk Dye Special
Order three 250g Bulk Packs in assorted colours and pay only R1650. You save a massive R455!

Jaclyn Stamps
If you love our heart-shaped Jaclyn stamp, you can order six for only R1000. You save a massive R500! They make fantastic stocking fillers for the ladies.

Contact Bonnie today to take advantage of these amazing offers before the 2017 pricing kicks in.

Offer valid until 1 January 2017.

info@dyeandprints.co.za


Why I believe tie dye is important to ALL children...

Why I believe tie dye is important for ALL children...

Yesterday Sam Brown experienced the Wow Moment with her students for the first time. Late last night she was still buzzing with excitement from the day.

It is truly magical to watch them all light up!

When kids make their first tie dye they have little idea of what they are doing at first. In that magical moment when they open the T-shirt from its bindings, they light up with surprise to see what they have made. They get a kick as they realize... "I made this MYSELF!"

It is a powerful moment for any human. It is the private internal moment where we step into competence and confidence.

The T-shirt then becomes a powerful feedback loop for building on that first spark of confidence. Every time that kid wears the T-shirt that they have made, and somebody comments on how nice it is, they get to say "I made it myself!"

The most common complaint that I get from Moms is that they cannot get their kids out of the T-shirts afterwards. Many kids will wear them again and again as they emerge from the wash, and until they are way too short and small, before they are ready to give them up.

Often Moms will just come back for another kit so that they can make another one in a bigger size.

The value of the experience far outweighs the small amount of cash that you spend on a kit like this. For around R10 per child for the dye, you can give them this empowering experience that will boost their confidence for the rest of their lives.

Include the cost of the T-shirt and extra bits, and this experience costs around R60 per child. A very small amount to pay for a powerful emotional experience that will last a lifetime.

As kids we are often told "Be careful. Don't mess that up." This kind of language can make a child shrink back from trying at all in an effort to appease the adults.

The Rainbow Wow experience gives them the space to try and succeed for themselves. When they open the T-shirt with their group of friends and everybody cheers together, they get the positive social feedback that they need to cement the internal experience.

When kids make their first tie dye, they are not just splashing some colour onto a functional garment. They are unlocking their will to try for themselves and succeed. They are learning to receive and give praise for a job well done. The internal experience is far more powerful than the playful methodology gives away at first glance.

This kit is not "just a toy for kids". This kit is a way of transforming humans in a magical and FUN-damental way.

Try it on children of all ages and you will see that the outcome is the same.


Newsletter

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Be a WINNER

WIN a Rainbow Kit that you can use to entertain kids during the holidays. This kit will dye up to thirty T-shirts and we will supply you with a video and eBook with the information that you need to pull it off painlessly.

All you need to do to get your name into the lucky draw on 25 November is to send us an email that says "I want to win!" in the tagline to

info@dyeandprints.co.za

and your name will go into the hat!

This prize is valued at R600


Your Christmas Orders & Year End Price Increase

If you need your dye in time for Christmas, you really should order now.

At this time of year we get really busy and sometimes there are delays with suppliers and shipping. If you want to be sure that the product reaches you in time for Christmas, it is best that you order from our mail order channel now. Of course you always have the option of purchasing off-the-shelf from one of the stores on our Stockists list if you prefer that option.

At the end of each year we adjust our prices in line with inflation and the rising costs on our imported raw materials. On 1 January 2017 our prices will go up.

If you know that you are going to need Slipstream Dye in 2017 and you would prefer to pay 2016 prices for it, be sure that you order now, before the increase kicks in on 1 January.

Contact Bonnie today for an Order Form at




Love Made Visible...

"Love made visible..." is how Kahlil Gibran explained it. Textile finishes like dyeing and printing take time and care if you want them to be both beautiful AND robust to washing year after year.

This week we did a photo shoot to create some interesting images for our website and social networks. I was clothed head to foot in "love made visible...

The corset was manufactured by Ronel Stronkhorst. One of my students who has attended several of my workshops in an effort to master dye recipe mixing so that she can dye matching elastic, lycra, lace and trims to exactly the same colours for her bespoke underwear. Her business is Women With Curves. She dyed the cotton corset using Slipstream Dye.



The skirt was made by Karenza Pastorino. She attended my Dip Dyeing workshop to learn how to add the finish to her tribal skirts. I have bought several of them from her.

If you would like to learn how to do Dip Dyeing for yourself, click through to the link below and sign up for the online course...

http://http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/dip-dyeing-in-detail/


Peeling The Copyright Onion

Over more than two decades of working in the Creative industries, I have looked at the issue of copyright from many angles. My work has been copied in many ways.

In the early days I suffered hot self-righteous rage when my designs were copied. I remember one morning when I was 27 walking down an aisle at the flea market to find my designs replicated almost exactly by a competitor, two aisles away from where I had been set up, selling that product for a couple of years already. They had copied my work and undercut my price by R10.

Later I felt safe when I tied up my intellectual property in a glossy printed book with Metz Press, only to find it available for free download online on a bootleg site. More than once.

And once I started INVITING people to copy my designs with my tutorials in my books and eBooks, I opened a whole other can of worms.

And while I invite others to copy my designs these days, copying somebody else's work is still a line I am loathe to cross. ESPECIALLY when I have my own ORIGINAL ideas tumbling out of me all the time. My personal challenge is keeping up with making all of the things that boil from inside me. Outside input not necessary. Too much data confusing. I can only make one thing at a time.

It is important to me as an Artist and human with some empathy for others, that the things that I make are my own. Or as much my own as I can make them in a world where everything has already been done before, and where any creative work can only hope to be an ITERATION of something else that has passed before, possibly even HUNDREDS of years before you thought of it.

Please do not send me designs and ask me to copy them for you. I get frequent requests for this kind of thing, and I must be clear...

It is just not what I do.

While the world is full of people stomping on other people's feelings when they copy their original designs, I can only lead by example myself and insist on working from my own authentic source.

And if you want to understand in more detail why I take this stand in this way, please buy and read my Copyright eBook.


When You Buy From A Small Business...

Many of our customers make and sell handmade textile items. They make extra money that goes towards school fees, food and other gaps that salaries do not cover. Many of you contact us and ask us to make your tie dyed items for you. Please support our customers who buy from us. They will do a happy dance if you buy from them.

Of course we will do the same happy dance if you buy our tie dye kits from us to have some of your own fun doing your own happy dance...


Whether you choose the self-service option or the ready made option, there is sure to be dancing!


Sixty Shades Of Brown And Other Skin Tones

A few of me have asked for recipes to make skin tone fabrics for your quilts.

I am currently putting together the eBook for you.

Most recipes for skin tones are made up of two thirds yellow, which I find quite ironic as an analogy for human nature. Most humans are, in fact, two thirds yellow when pushed.

Even pale Caucasian skin tones are brown recipes with lots of water in.

Look out for the new eBook that we will be launching in a few weeks time.

If you are interested in learning more about Mixing Your Own Colour, join our Facebook page where we talk about colour mixing...



Or click through to the link below to sign up for the online course...

http://https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-mixing-your-own-colours/  


How the mail order works...

If you elect to use the mail order option, please make sure that you include your nearest Postnet branch for shipping and your cell number for the waybill. We frequently receive orders without this information and it is very difficult to actually ship the product to you without it.

We currently use Postnet because they are quicker and more reliable than the local post office. If you are in a remote area and there is no Postnet nearby, we can use the post office although you should expect your orders to take longer to reach you.


48 hour Special Offer On Bulk Dye

Order and pay for this special offer before the end of the day on 30 September 2016, and save big!

You can choose any theme from our five colour themes in the 250g Bulk packs. 250g normally sells for R660. Order and pay before the end of September, and you will get all five colours for only R3000, including shipping. We will also throw in a Colour Mixing eBook to help you to understand how to use the dye. This is a massive saving of R750.


Mixing Your Own Colours

Many of you are interested in mixing your own colours for making garments and quilts.

Humans have been fascinated with mixing their own colour throughout time and recently a little known Dutch publication about colour mixing has historians excited and chattering on all the blogs. Click through to the links below to read more about this early colour recipe book...

http://erikkwakkel.tumblr.com/post/84254152801/a-colourful-book-i-encountered-this-dutch-book 

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/a-boogert-color-book

For those of you who just want some light reading and a community forum where you can ask your questions, you can join our Facebook community...



Then for those of you who want more in-depth information, you might want to order my eBook on the topic? Click through to the link below to order the eBook...

https://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/ebook-mixing-your-own-colours/   

And for those of you who really want to learn about colour mixing in depth, you can always sign up for my online course. Over a period of weeks, we will guide you through the colour mixing process and teach you how to mix and colour sample more than 100 different recipes. by the end of the course, you will have an impressive recipe colour chart that you can use to cross reference colour swatches when there is a specific colour that you are aiming for. 


Why do blue denims run in the first wash?

When I teach workshops I realize how little is understood about basic dyeing processes by the average human. Many people do not realize that it is a very wet process where the garment is submerged in dyes and chemicals. Most people also do not realize that there is a process of washing those chemicals out at the end.

Some of the dye is fixed to the cloth to form a molecular bond with the fiber, and some of the loose chemical is trapped between the fibers of the cloth. The excess must be rinsed away with vigorous rinsing in clean water.

In our modern times, clean water is becoming scarce and factories look at ways of saving money and resources. Many of them trade their last washing process off to their customer and this is where you find fabrics on retail shelves that bleed and run.

A fabric will bleed like this for two reasons...

If the dye was not heat set properly, the colour will run and will continue to run until the fabric is very light. If there is some bleed and then it stops, leaving a vibrant colour, the dye was properly heat set, only the fabric was not properly laundered before it left the factory.


How much do you charge for your handmade products and WHY?

This morning somebody in my network shared a fantastic video with me about Pricing Your Products by a leading global art expert. I enjoyed the video very much and she had many useful tips for growing your art career. Click through to the link below to watch it for yourself...

http://theworkingartist.com/infoa

Her video left me thinking..."There is SO MUCH more to it!"

The conversation is too linear in my mind. The question we are typically asking is "How much do I sell this for?"

At the end of the month when we struggle to make ends meet, the ACTUAL question is "How many of these have I sold and at what profit margin to pay my rent, food, overheads and costs, school fees, medical aid, pension, insurances, holidays and savings?"

The linear question simply does not address the complex, organic realities of month end.

Until we wrap our cost of living into the sum, the numbers are practically meaningless. If we cannot cover our personal cost of living from selling our art, no matter what the price we charge, we have real challenges. Artists who work for less than they need to survive financially, spend their lives on the outside looking in at the financially active community. After a lifetime of that, they are bound to be embittered about their art when they are eating cat food from a tin in their old age?

One school of thought will say "They were irresponsible and should have got a real job like the rest of us." Others will say "Artists work for LOVE not money!"

And the Struggling Artist struggles on...

We must sweep aside perceptions and social pressure and act selfishly in our own best interests to educate and stand on our value. Artists are smart. We have every right to the same financial freedoms as everybody else. If you are a freelancer, the only person who can take that freedom is YOU. You cannot afford to wait for permission to sort your shit out if you do not want the coming month end to hit you like a train smash.

And it is complex...

Until we wrap the market into the sum the numbers are also meaningless. If we cannot find enough people out there to buy at our price, we have real challenges.

By asking..."How many of these do I have to sell and at what price to pay my rent, food, overheads and costs, school fees, medical aid, pension, insurances and savings?"

...we have a more realistic view of what we are facing.
...it informs timelines.
...it informs sales strategies.
...it helps you to decide what is worth pursuing and what work you should abandon completely.

My Costing & Pricing online course connects these numbers for you in a meaningful way. It is written in plain English and the concepts are simple to master, even if you are not good at numbers.

The course powerfully shifts your awareness about the numbers so that you begin to have the confidence to charge what you need to to survive and the wisdom to ignore the constant peer pressure for cheaper pricing.

When you invest in the course you are investing in your own financial future. As soon as you implement what you have learned you will begin to make more money.

If you sign up for only one course this year, it should be this one.

Click through to the link below to read more about it and sign up...

http://melanie-brummers-academy.thinkific.com/courses/costing-pricing-your-products


For BEST Results...

For the best result using our house brand of Slipstream fabric dye...

Our Box kits are pre-packed with the chemicals in the right quantities so you do not have to worry too much about that if you are a beginner. If you are working with Bulk Dye you are likely sourcing your own salt and soda ash. The ratio is constant and can be used for all of the colours.


Dye  :  Salt  :  Soda Ash

1     :    4    :     1

The product works best in suspension. This means that you are working with liquids. If you want something sticky to paint on to fabric that is an opaque block-out, you need to find a fabric paint. Fabric dye is a wet mixture, often applied in a pot.

If the dye does not reach 65-70 degrees ON THE FABRIC for long enough, you will get variable results. We recommend an hour of heat if possible for best results. Flash heating in the microwave oven also works well. For more information about these techniques, refer to one of our eBooks or order the Dyecraft video.

For maximum wash fastness, leave the colour on the fabric for 24 hours before washing off the excess chemicals. If you do not want the colour to fade, give it a chance to bind properly with the cloth.


Expanding Our Range

For some time now you guys have been asking for more options in the pre-packed Box kits. We heard you and have launched a bunch of new colourways to suit every taste.

We had a great time playing the name game on Facebook and I must say a big THANK YOU to all of you who added your ideas to the list. Thank you for helping us to name the new kits. We could not have done it without your input. Every time you order a kit with a name on that you suggested, know that your energy has become a part of our packaging forever.

Here are all the different colourways that you can now choose from when ordering  Slipstream fabric dye...


Kids Birthday Party Kits

Are you looking for a way to entertain a group of children?

Whether you are a school teacher, a Mom, a kids craft teacher or a kids entertainer, our kits are the perfect tool for keeping your group busy with some super fun craft activity. Click through to the link below to see how the whole thing works...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVnTNglk3DU//


Cotton Knit Dresses

Many of you have commented on the cotton knit dresses that I wear when I teach. I buy them ready-made in cream from Rheola's in Harrismith. Rheola runs a Skills Development Center called Tsa Lapeng, where she teaches rural women handcrafting skills that they can use to be self-reliant. They manufacture quality knitwear made from natural fibers, sourced locally. They specialize in 100% cotton and cotton/bamboo blends. They make jerseys, dresses, shawls and beanies. The shawls are by far my favorite and I always have one draped around my shoulders in chilly weather.

Contact Rheola directly for pricing on 058 623 1521 or 083 334 2724, or click through to her Facebook page below to see more of their products.

https://www.facebook.com/rheolas/

I have taught there a few times and I always enjoy it very much. Here is the color chart that the ladies at the center created after one of their training sessions.

If you would like to learn how to create your own color chart of recipes like the one in the image above, sign up for the online course today and work in your own home in your own time to make this useful reference tool for manufacturers.


I stumbled on this old video today...

In 2011 we did a make-and-take stand at Hobby-X. We invited people into the space to come and make two T-shirts. One they could keep, the other they left behind as a donation for needy kids in orphanages. We collected hundreds of T-shirts this way over three days. Here is the video so you can see the action in the stand...



Our drive to benefit needy kids with rainbow T-shirts continues, and I would love to see the idea spread virtually around the world. Click through to the link below to become a member of the online community that drives it...



My Favorite Publications

I have two Fiber Art publications that I love the most. They always inspire me and their information is interesting, educational and from trusted sources. If you want to learn about natural dyes, community development projects and who is making waves in the industry, click through to...

http://www.handeyemagazine.com/

http://www.maiwa.com


Q&A And Free Resources

Many of you who are new are just busting with questions. While we try our best to answer them here with my eBooks, many of you want free resources that you can refer to to answer your specific technical questions.

Paula Burch has done just this on her incredible website. It is a mine of information and she has taken the time to answer every conceivable question about dye in detail for you.

http://www.pburch.net/dyeing.shtml


The Dress That Caused All The Hullabaloo

My network sends me links and images to interesting things that I might like on Facebook. This week I was sent an image more than ten times by different people. The dress is certainly breathtaking and it captured the imagination of the world, sweeping across the social networks like a wave.

Here is the link to the entire article of how it was made...

http://www.taylorannart.com/wedding-dress/4592685095

There was a great deal of speculation about how it was made among those who saw only the image and not the whole blog. When you read the blog Taylor Ann tells you that she airbrushed it. And it has spurned an uprising Dip Dye trend on all the social networks...

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/dip-dye-wedding-dresses

There were also a great number of people who spoke about trying to copy it or trying to order a copy from somebody else. Once again illustrating how incomplete the general understanding is about Copyright.

If you were in the shoes of the Maker, how would YOU feel to hear these conversations?

This is a great way of figuring out whether you are doing something ethical or unethical when using another work for inspiration. Put yourself in the shoes of the person who made the original work. Ask yourself, "How would I feel if I made this creative work and saw somebody else copying it in this way?

And then, there is the compelling conversation on the other side of the wheel, presented by one of my FAVOURITE Fiber Artists, Katwise...

http://www.katwise.net/blog/?p=1488


What Does It Cost To Hire Top Talent In Fiber Art?

This is the question that Abby Franquemont answers in concise detail in this fantastic blog. Click through to the link and have a read if you would like to know what the industry unit standard is currently.

https://medium.com/@abbysyarns/what-does-it-cost-to-hire-top-talent-in-fiber-arts-im-glad-you-asked-6f2b25c12cb4#.edwyy9lfc

I was quite delighted when I found this article. In today's difficult financial times, I am bombarded with people who say "Your workshops are too expensive for me."

This article explains the REAL costs to teachers and venues of running workshops for people.

As a Fiber Artist who has worked extensively for the local Fashion Industry and who has published two books with editions in South Africa, USA, Canada and Russia, I still often get requests from people who ask for workshops and then ask "Do I have to pay?"

As a professional who has made a living in Fiber Arts for more than twenty years, I deserve to charge for my time and expertise just as any other professional does.

The common perception, when we dig deeper, seems to be that Creatives work for Love, not money, and that that should be good enough for us. It is very difficult to continue loving something, when pursuing it excludes you financially from so many things that "other people" seem to be doing with their financial resources like pay rent, food, medical, education, savings and a pension.

If you spend a lifetime on the outside looking in at that while you doggedly persist with the work that you thought you loved in the beginning, you do not love that work in the end. You might go to your grave with bitterness for the very thing that you Loved because you feel that you wasted years chasing a dream that was not real.

Creatives must be respected financially in the same way that any other professional at the top of their game is.


Manmade vs Natural Dye

Almost every week I get an inquirey from somebody looking for a natural dye that they can use to manufacture a more environmentally friendly product. The issue may not be quite as simple as that. Let us compare the two to figure out the real story.

Chemicals are mined from the earth and synthesized into man made dyestuffs. Natural dyes are made from natural materials, gathered from the environment, such as lichen and bark.

Ten grams of man made dye powder can dye 250 grams of fabric to a vibrant shade, every time, if used correctly. Natural dyestuffs will have variable shades. Vibrancy depends on the potency of the raw materials. As much as two kilograms of raw material is needed to produce very dark colours on 250 grams of fabric.

Man made dyes result in the same colour every time if used correctly. It is possible to get an exact colour match using these chemicals. Natural dyes will give you varying colours, every time. Colour changes with the potency of the raw materials. This is governed by climate, soil and plant dna.

Heavy metals in certain man made colours, fixatives and other chemicals used in the process put a burden on the environment and the health of the people working with them daily. Mordants used to fix natural dyes will have exactly the same effect if you create enough waste and do not dispose of it in a responsible fashion.

Man made dyes are robust and colour fast over many washes of they have been used correctly. Natural dyes will fade over time.

People often assume that if they can find a natural dye, they are free of the guilt that they might feel about polluting the environment with their commerce. The truth is, no human activity is without its footprint.

In fact, the dye is only part of the problem. What about the fabric that you are about to dye? Was it produced with organically grown cotton that has not been genetically modified? Were the workers on the farm treated fairly or were they children? Was water used responsibly throughout all stages? Was the fibre scoured with chlorine in the mill? Chlorine is one of the most damaging chemicals out there.

The answer seems not to lie in the chemicals, but rather how to dispose of them in a responsible manner. We cannot escape our responsibility, but the least we can do is minimize the damage. If you would like to explore the thinking further, you might be interested in our eBook...

With so many things to consider, finding a natural dyestuff is not the quick-fix you might be hoping for.

For more information about natural dyes click through to the links below...

http://www.maiwa.com  

http://botanicalcolors.com/  

http://www.handeyemagazine.com/

 

What Do I Do If I Spill Bleach On My Trousers?

As a dye specialist, this is the most common question that I am asked by people. I do not have a simple answer for this challenge.

Dye is translucent, not opaque. This means that the light actually passes through the colour and reflects off the white fabric behind it. Dye is see-through. When working with it, imagine working with sheets of coloured transparency film with light shining from behind.

It is this quality that leads to such vibrant results when experimenting with dyed techniques. It means that the base cloth can be seen through subsequent layers of dye. If the base is uneven, the next layer will also appear uneven. 

It is very difficult to cover bleach marks. You will have to completely saturate the fibre to get rid of the mark. The lighter marks may reappear later in subsequent washes as the fabric fades again. Those particular fibres will always have less dye on them than those that were not bleached. 

Bleach is very destructive, and if you did not wash it out thoroughly just after the spill happened, it is likely to damage the fibre. A fibre that has been softened in this way may not hold dye very well either. This further reduces your chances of solving the problem. 

When faced with this dilemma (yes, I too am clumsy), there are only two routes that do not lead to more heartache: 

If the spill is relatively small, I find a permanent black marker at my local stationer that is closest in colour and simply colour it in. Remember to keep the marker in your handbag because the ink is bound to fade and will need touching up once in awhile. (You will usually notice it on the way to a job interview or a meeting with an important investor.) 

If the spill is large and the “koki-treatment” just too tacky, I simply go with the flow. I go outside to the hosepipe with the garment, the bottle of bleach, a syringe and some rubber gloves. I put on the rubber gloves, draw some bleach into the syringe and squirt it all over the garment to create an artistic dripped effect. As soon as I see the marks I want emerging, I spray the fabric off with the hosepipe to slow down the reaction. 

Do not stand too close to such a project. The chlorine gas released by the reaction smells bad and can make you very ill. Try not to breathe in the fumes and wear a face mask if you have one. 

I have created some fabulous “designer” garments for myself from some of my clumsier moments. 

Wash the fabric thoroughly to remove all the bleach. How many washes will depend on how strong the bleach was that you used. When you can no longer smell it, you can stop washing. If you leave traces of bleach in the fabric, it will weaken the fibre and you can expect the garment to tear.

Good luck with your spill.


Hot Or Cold Dye?

What is the difference between a Hot and a Cold reactive dye? One would think it is quite obvious; the one is used with hot water and the other with cold. Almost every commercial dye available is labelled this way. Unfortunately, for the consumer who buys this product, this labeling is a little misleading. 

A Hot reactive dye requires boiling at one hundred degrees Celsius for the bond with the fabric to be permanent. A Cold reactive dye does not need to be boiled, but its optimum temperature is still sixty five to seventy degrees. If you measure this heat with a thermometer, you will see that it is still steaming hot. I have burned blisters on my skin at that temperature. 

The other misconception that people have is that they assume the Hot dye is more colour-fast than the Cold one because you have boiled the colour in. This is not so. Cold dyes are more robust and colours will remain brighter for longer than Hot dyes. The cooler process is not only a little easier, it is also more lasting. 

Cold reactive dyes are very reliable and used throughout the global clothing and textile industries to permanently colour fabrics made from plant fibres. The dyes react with the fibre on a molecular level to produce a permanent bond that withstands wash after wash. The colour becomes part of the fabric. 

A Cold reactive dye is, in my opinion, the most convenient by far for the hobby dyer. 

It can be used to dye any fabric that starts out as a plant, i.e. cotton, linen, hemp and bamboo. Any fabrics with these bases will bond with reactive dye, e.g. denim, twill, calico, muslin, T-shirting, toweling, corduroy, cotton velvet, viscose, track suiting, poplin and cheesecloth. 

Cotton/lycra and viscose/lycra blends also work well, providing the lycra content is under five percent. Reactive dye does not bond to lycra. Poly/cotton blends will only take the dye partially. The cotton fibres that run in one direction will take up the dye normally, but the polyester fibres that run in the other direction will remain white. 

Because these dyes are used at high temperatures, expect your fabric to shrink. 

The fabric is woven on a loom in the factory, where it takes its dimensions from the equipment. From there it is usually put through a stent which steams the fabric into the desired dimensions for shipping. Sometimes there are variances in fabrics that come off the same equipment. Research has shown that such variances are caused by differences in the cotton fibres used. A fabric made from a crop that has had more water will behave differently from one that had less water in the field. Fabric stability is fibre-specific and will vary from one roll to the next. 

Most cotton fabrics shrink about ten percent in the length. The width is usually stable to within one or two percent.


Why kids of ALL AGES love tie dye!

* They have to dress up to do it…We recommend kids kit up with mask and apron to make tie dye. This will protect their clothes from spills that stain. By far their favourite is the latex gloves they have to put on to keep their hands clean. I am told they make for very good water bombs when you are ten years old. 

* It gets messy! Most kids enjoy activities that are messy…of course!? 

* They play with color. Most children love to play with bright colors. Color is known to stimulate the brain in a number of ways. 

* They work with their hands. Tie dye improves strength and fine motor co-ordination in the hands. Children are forced to work with both hands using string and elastic bands. 

* They have to follow a set of instructions from beginning to end, in order to achieve a desired result. This teaches children to read, concentrate, think logically and analyse their results. All skills they can use in later life. 

* It gives them a sense of achievement and self-worth. Having successfully made something on their own fills a child with a great sense of pride which leads to more confidence in their own abilities. 

* Tie dye lends itself to self-expression and uniqueness. Children learn about uniqueness and the beauty of a hand-made thing. These are old-fashioned values that have been lost in our mass produced society. 

* The Wow Moment! Kids love the moment when the bindings come off and the end result is finally revealed. I call it the Wow Moment. After more than tweny years, I still experience it every time I open a new tie dye. 

* They get to wear what they have made. Kids get an even bigger boost to their confidence when they are praised for work well done. Every time they wear their tie dye, somebody will tell them how beautiful it is, or ask where they got it. 

* Conclusion…tie dye is a kids-confidence-builder…and it is fun!

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