Pamala Weber has teamed up with Tinderbox Editions to produce a book vibrant with the colors of the north: walnut, goldenrod, tansy, sumac. Slow Color: A Practical Guide to Natural Dyeing in the North has come from Pamala's many years as a fiber artist and educator: it is a how-to book that gives readers the recipes they need to succeed in growing a dye garden, finding plants to use in dye recipes, a guide to a calendar year's worth of dye projects, and even a few patterns to make beautiful objects using your hand-dyed fiber.
Tinderbox Editions is a nonprofit press located in Red Wing, Minnesota. For our first year, we've put out books by poets and essayists, and we have an exciting line-up to round out 2017. We've decided to launch a series called Tinderbox by Hand, and Pamala's book will be the first in the series. We want to return to work done with the focus of handwork, slow living, and community being prominently featured.
Pamala has been half the business owner of Minnehaha FiberWorks, selling hand-dyed yarns and fiber across the Midwest and online through a popular Etsy shop. Her Instagram account has a robust following, and she's looking to pass on her knowledge as a natural dyer to those who wish to continue in her clog-loving footsteps.
Pamala's book is unique and fills a need this fiber community needs. We are seeking funding to help with the initial print run, which will be more costly due to its full-color pages.
Please contribute today and choose one of our many rewards, from advance signed copies of the book to natural dye adventures. Any money above and beyond the Kickstarter goal will continue to help defray printing costs and get the artist tour with the book to fiber festivals, textile and weaving guilds, yarn shops, and any other locales that might welcome the chance to learn more about the art of dyeing naturally and by hand.
Risks and challenges
Slow Color is a niche craft book--one that requires attention to a very special audience. We aim to visit many fiber festivals as well as get involved with the fiber arts communities of the Midwest in order to promote the book to these audiences. Because the book is such a rich niche, it also will fulfill a need: there are many good dye books in the market right now, but we haven't found a solid one that focuses on the unique landscape that is the geographic center of the continent. And what better place than to work in the north, where woolens are worn nearly year-round?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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