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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Totally Awesome Tie-Dye: Fun-to-Make Fabric Dyeing Projects for All Ages: Suzanne McNeill

SYNOPSIS:Looking for a fun event idea this summer? Consider throwing a tie-dye party! Tie-dying is a wonderful way to create dramatic fashion statements without using too many materials or spending a lot of time. “No group is too large for tie-dying,” says author and expert crafter Suzanne McNeill. “It’s a great activity for family reunions, scouting events, parties, and fundraisers.”

Nicknamed “The Trendsetter of the arts and crafts industry,” McNeill is the author of the new book Totally Awesome Tie-Dye: Fun-to-Make Fabric Dyeing Projects for All Ages (Design Originals, May 2018). Filled with stylish projects, McNeill shows step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish ice dyeing, crumple dyeing, resist dyeing, and Shibori—shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. Everything you can imagine about the art of tie-dying is covered in Totally Awesome Tie-Dye, even tips for tie-dying with children.

McNeill also shares how to tie-dye several items of clothing in her tie-dye manifesto, including fashion designs for t-shirts, dresses, socks, caps, scarves, and even embellishments for home décor. The goal of McNeill’s book is to make this entertaining craft fun for all ages. “The joy of creating art is for everybody,” she says. “I hope to inspire people to discover their own creativity.”
Suzanne McNeill is the author of more than 200 craft & hobby books, including Joy of Zentangle®, The Beauty of Zentangle®, the 11-volume Zentangle® series, and Zen Mandalas. Suzanne founded the leading publisher of Zentangle® books, Design Originals (an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing). She was voted Designer of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Craft & Hobby Association. Suzanne has been called “the trendsetter” of the arts and crafts industry.

MY THOUGHTS: I remember the first time I ever tie-dyed back when I was in 4-H. We had such fun and the possibilities for creativity are incredible. It was a real sense of nostalgia to open this book. I’m all for any kids’ activity that doesn’t involve electronics and this is the perfect example of an idea that gets kids using their brains. For a very small, monetary investment, kids will have all day (or weekend) fun making wearable tie-dyes.

This is also a great idea book for VBS, daycares, you name it! Suzanne McNeill has provided a new take on a classic. Her ideas for uses in tie-dye are brilliant. The possibilities really are endless and a way to get your kiddos outdoors (for less mess!) this summer. 5 stars to Suzanne McNeill and her awesome imagination.

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