This is all based on Procion dyeing because that's what I use most.
The book that started me off with my dyeing is Dyeing in Plastic Bags: no mess no fuss just Great colours by Helen Deighan. This book gives clear, simple, easy to follow instructions for preparing the dyes and recipes and for colour mixing that are measured and repeatable. I liked that the author was clear about how much dye, water, chemicals etc are required as opposed to some books that are a bit unclear as to quantities (which makes sense as you know more but when you’re starting out you want quantities).
I also found the Patchwork Interactive DVD Hand Dyeing and Batik for Beginners and the CD Dye and Another Day both by Michelle Steele very useful too. In both of these products Michelle walks you through the process of making up the dyes, measuring it out, various ways to add the chemicals (before, during, after) and techniques for creating some great colour variations.
Other books that I find great to read and that are full of fabulous ideas and wonderful pictures are:
o Colour by Accident (Low water immersion dyeing) by Ann Johnston
o Colour on Cloth by Ruth Issett
o Dyeing for Fibers and Fabrics by Janet De Boer (of TAFTA who is one of the organisers of the Geelong Fibre Forum) – not as colourful and exciting but great for technical information on a wide range of dyeing methods.
o Dyeing to Colour by Bailey Curtis
o Complex Cloth by Jane Dunnewold
Another book that I’d love to get my hands on is:
Colour by design (Paint and print with dye) by Ann Johnston
Tray Dyeing by Leslie Morgan and Claire Benn
Breakdown Printing (New dimensions for texture and colour) by Leslie Morgan and Claire Benn
There are others – out there in bookshops and on my bookshelves but these are my favourites for Procion dyeing
Tutorials and Blogs about dyeing:
Fabric Dyeing 101 is a blog that has a wealth of information about dyeing, owning a dyeing business, colour recipes and heaps more
Freida of the blog A Walk in the Woods does lots of dyeing and just posted about a dyeing day in Indiana - it looks fabulous
Trish from the blog Trishalan Designs sells dyed fabrics and often shows us her dyed fabrics on her blog - there's a post this week about her recent dyeing efforts.
There is also a Dyers Webring where you'll find a whole stack more....
Where do I buy my Dyes?...
Pretty much anywhere I can. I used to buy from Kraft Kolour when they had a shop. That's closed now and they run an online business only. I'm still waiting for that to be up and running properly but in the meantime I'm well stocked from their sell-out sales.
Zart Art now stock Kraft Kolour dyes.
Tillia Dyes in New Zealand have a good range.
Ros Dye - also a blogger stocks procion
The Thread Studio in Perth - great mail order and at the Forum on Saturday
Batik Oetoro in Sydney - Great mail order
That should leave you some food for though. Please ask if you have questions. Remember this is not an exhaustive list - there is heaps of info and resources out there.