Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
Hi! I'm Lizzie King and I make things! I live and work in East London. I am always in my studio making anything from tie dye baby-grows to giant cardboard palm trees. When I'm not working I love car boot sales, roast dinners and swimming in the sea.
Tell us a bit about the book?
Tie & Dye is a 'how to' book with step by step guides so you can have a go at tie dyeing at home. There are lots of different projects in the book, simple ones for people who may have never tried tie dye before, like the Rainbow Shoe Laces and more advanced techniques such as the Shibori Duvet Cover. My favourite is probably the Watermelon Bunting as I love anything tropical.
What was the inspiration behind it?
I have been tie dyeing for over 5 years now so when Pavilion approached me I already had lots of ideas. I have taught tie dye in schools, festivals and cafes so it was nice to write down all the tips I have learnt along the way! I wanted the book to be really colourful and inviting, as well as showing how simple and fun tie dye can be.
Which is your favourite project?
The Watermelon Bunting or the Carnival Socks. I get so excited about Notting Hill Carnival every year so love making those for my friends.
What is your craft space like?
I share my studio with 4 friends. They are florists and set designers so there's always something exciting going on. We listen to lots of 90s R&B and the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack! The space itself is lovely, nice high ceilings and wooden beams, we are so lucky. At the moment it's freezing though!
Have you always been creative?
Ever since I can remember I have been messing around with paints and drawing constantly. I love working out how to make things myself which I definitely get from my mum. At school I looked forward to art lessons all week.
When did you first start crafting?
My mum always let me do messy painting at home. There are loads of pictures of me covered in paint. I can't remember how old I was but I have a very strong memory of making a log cabin for my pink bouncy ball out of loo rolls!
Who are your crafty heroes?
Poppy's Papercuts book 'Cut it Out' is amazing. I love the pineapple cut out and keep. Rosy Nicholas's 'Dress You Up' is great. There's such brilliant projects to spruce up your wardrobe. My crafty hero has to be Neil Buchannan from Art Attack. I loved that show growing up!
Where do you find inspiration?
I love watching 90s films and always find inspiration in the the fashion from that time. I also go and see lots of exhibitions at the Tate and smaller London galleries. One of my favourite things to do is wander around a car boot or Ridley Road Market, as well as all the pound shops.
What's next for you?
I am working on a few different projects. Some craft bits for TV as well as going to lots of festivals this summer to teach tie dye. I'd love to do another book so will definitely be thinking about that.
Tie-dye addict Lizzie King shares inspiration and instructions for creating a vibrant kaleidoscope of gifts, garments, housewares, and accessories. Tie-dye has shaken off its hippie image to become a stylish and iconic look, bringing bright hues, striking patterns, and heaps of character to clothing and textiles. This book shows you how to hand-dye your own, with 15 fashion-forward projects that range from statement T-shirts, dip-dye shoelaces, and onesies, to sophisticated shibori tea towels, tropical bunting, and retro woven plant hangers. Simple step-by-step instructions and fun, colorful photographs demonstrate how to tie, fold, stitch, or clamp your fabric for a variety of effects, such as stripes, swirls, fish scales, grid-lines or even rainbows. Plus, Lizzie offers her expert advice on mixing shades, choosing fabrics, washing, and more—everything you need to get great results.