On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about hand-dyeing and patterning fabrics with my guest, Malka Dubrawsky.

Malka Dubrawsky trained to be a printmaker, but while home with her children when they were young and without a press on hand, she began to work in fiber art. After several years exploring art quilts, she became interested in connecting with people more directly by creating functional items out of her own hand-dyed and patterned fabrics. Today she designs and sew quilts and pillows and creates hand-dyed yardage, all of which she sells in her online shop, A Stitch In Dye. Malka is the author of two craft books, is an instructor on Craftsy, designs fabrics for Moda, and will soon be opening a maker space in Austin, Texas, where she lives.

ClerestoryClerestory by Malka Dubrawsky

Pillows by Malka DubrawskyPillow covers by Malka Dubrawsky

We talk about:

  • the difference between an art quilt and a modern quilt and what drew Malka to each
  • the best supplies for dyeing fabrics and doing wax resist
  • pulling color out of commercially printed fabrics and adding new color on top (so cool!)
  • hiring an assistant and moving your studio out of your home
  • exercise
  • writing craft books
  • how Malka developed a relationship with Moda and what it’s been like designing for them
  • Malka’s relationship with her home country of Israel

detail-indigo-skinny-stripes-and-mini-squares-667x1000Hand-dyed and patterned infinity scarves by Malka Dubrawsky

And, of course, I ask Malka to recommend some things she’s loving right now. Malka recommends:

Follow Malka on her blog or Instagram to see what she’s up to!


Okan Arts

Today’s episode is sponsored by Okan Arts. Okan Arts is an eclectic fabric shop in Seattle, Washington. Owner Patricia Belyea imports vintage Japanese yukata cottons and sells them by the yard to quilters, sewsters, and crafters. The narrow-width fabric, about 14 inches wide, is designed to make a classic kimono with the “winged” sleeves and shawl-collar. Hand-dyed yukata cottons are made in a multi-stepped process with a paper stencil and luscious dyes in small workshops. Check out Okan Arts in person if you’re in the Seattle area or shop for these very special fabrics online at OkanArts.com.


turquoise-and-purple-1-1000x647Hand dyed fabric by Malka Dubrawsky

Tune in to the show by clicking on the arrow below or subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher (perfect for Android or Kindle) and listen on the go. If you enjoy the show, tell a friend about it! Thank you so much.


Pin It on Pinterest

Share This