Big News on the Horizon

– Posted in: Book, Color, Inspiration, Mixing Color
Brayer Loaded with Red Dye

The day is here—the day I can tell you what has been going on in the studio for more than the last year…. A book! Yes, a book! I am delighted to partner with Melanie Testa, my co-author, and to bring you a work from our hearts on color and surface design.

Carol Soderlund and Melanie Testa

Carol Soderlund and Melanie Testa

What is the icing on this cake?

We are producing the book under the banner of Pokey Bolton’s visionary company Crafting a Life, LLC. Melly and I are thrilled to be part of Pokey’s new venture, which Pokey announces here.

We have been bursting at the seams, so to speak, to reveal the news!

hand-printed cloth

Soon we hope to have a very juicy book, filled with color and hand-printing goodness to share with you. This is the book for you

–if you love color and dye,

–if you love to make cloth personal to you

–if you love making one of a kind quilts or sewing projects.

We used luscious color, and will share recipes and methods that make dye so easy to use. We had such fun developing and refining techniques of hand printing that use readily available materials and won’t require a large studio space.

I hope you will share my excitement. Design it, print it, quilt it!

As we go along I will update you on developments as we have them here and on my Facebook and Instagram, and you can read Melly’s thoughts over here on her blog!



24 comments… add one
Jody Lund August 9, 2016, 3:20 pm

This is the best news I have heard in a good long while! I will be waiting for its release!!!!

carol August 9, 2016, 7:03 pm

We are so excited! It has been in the works a long while, too!

Kay Sorensen August 9, 2016, 3:24 pm

It can’t be here fast enough!
So many people I know want and need this.
Having it all in book form will make it so much easier than searching all over for information.
This will definitely take away the fear of using dyes and create a love of using dyes for the wonderful opportunities they will give readers.

carol August 9, 2016, 7:04 pm

I agree, Kay. Dyes are so lush and deep. We have such a workable system that simplifies thickened dyes, so the focus can be on making the imagery!

Judi Hurwitt August 9, 2016, 4:45 pm

I can’t WAIT!! Again, congratulations to both of you, I am SO excited for you!

Penny Gold August 9, 2016, 5:40 pm

I am so excited about the prospect of this book–can’t wait! I have been wanting to do more to create my own designs on fabric, and now I’ll have ready at hand exactly the help I need. I will be ordering this as soon as it’s available!

carol August 9, 2016, 7:07 pm

Penny, you are a perfect example of someone who I believe will benefit from our book. It will be broad in the ways the information can be used, and deep in new technique at the same time. We are all about making it personal to you!

Robbi Eklow August 9, 2016, 6:34 pm

COngrats to both of you! I know it will be a gorgeous book!

carol August 9, 2016, 7:02 pm

Thanks, Robbi! We are in good hands with Pokey as publisher. She knows how to do a gorgeous book!

Lara August 11, 2016, 12:25 am

Congratulations, Carol, on all of your work! So glad you are sharing your gifts, talents and skills with everyone in this book!

Sheila August 12, 2016, 12:02 am

What wonderful news! My heart beats faster. I will be anticipating its release with delight.

carol August 12, 2016, 3:23 pm

Thanks, Sheila!

Cyndy August 12, 2016, 12:49 pm

So excited for this! As someone who probably can’t physically handle the rigorous schedule of your workshop, I’m thrilled to be able to learn from you at my own pace. Wonderful news

carol August 12, 2016, 3:22 pm

Hi Cyndy, yes, my workshops tend to be rather jam-packed. I am happy to be able to share what I love to do in print for the first time! I hope there will be more, much more!

Dianne VanderMeer August 12, 2016, 1:05 pm

It’s about time! Congratulations on entering the world of publishing. I’m sure your book (and Melanie’s) will have that “Carol” touch of excellence! Thanks for your dedication to teaching and sharing with the dyeing world. I’m thrilled for you.

carol August 12, 2016, 3:18 pm

Thanks, Dianne! I am pretty thrilled too!

Martha Robinson August 12, 2016, 8:59 pm

Congratulations! When do you expect its release? Soon, I hope. We’ve all been anticipating your book for years!

Sarah Ann Smith August 14, 2016, 4:26 pm

Can’t WAIT…this is the silver lining to the hassles that have preceded this development. Love your work, Love Melly’s art, a perfect pairing! Let us know when we can pre-order!

Janice Filler August 14, 2016, 9:04 pm

SOOO Exciting! Keep us posted on the release date or pre-sales. Congratulations, I just know this will be a fabulous resource!

Antoinette Jurado-Hilton August 15, 2016, 9:06 pm

I have followed you for several years. I can’t wait for the book. You are the best!

Robin Fischer August 15, 2016, 9:14 pm

I am so pleased for you both, what an exciting venture. Can’t wait to share this news with my dyeing friends. We will all look forward to getting the book.

Leslie Jenison August 16, 2016, 7:46 pm

I’m delighted the cat is out of the (beautifully hand-printed) bag. I can’t wait to hold this book in my hands. xo L

Sharon Casey August 18, 2016, 6:55 pm

Yes! Yes! Yes!!! I am so happy for you – and happy that the book is here! Now your mark will be made in history – all that work you have put in, the color systems you invented, the knowledge and experience you have so generously passed on to your students — wow! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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