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Forums and Mailing Lists About Dyeing

Name: Maggie
Country or region: US
Message: I followed both the Dyerslist and your forum for quite a long time although I didn’t post much. I’ve been trying to find another list to join, but I haven’t been successful. I tried to join Jaja’s list, but I get a message that safari can’t open that page (that’s after I have posted to subscribe to the group – it gets hooked up on the second step). I also tried to join the Natural Surfaces group a couple of times but haven’t gotten a response. I do low immersion dyeing, screen printing, ‘eco’ bundle dyeing and I’m starting to get interested in natural dyes. I’ve worked quite a bit with indigo. Any pointers? Thanks so much – Maggie

The Dye Forum, on my site, is a sad story. I have not been able to resurrect it. I still have the old posts, but the old Drupal content management platform it ran on was the subject of so many spam attempts to register that the server kept crashing, and I was unable to get a new version of Drupal to work. It’s not really an appropriate platform for a non-professional.

Last week’s attack on the WordPress blogs on my site was caused by a similar attack to the Drupal one: it’s nothing personal, just too many spam robots trying to insert comments with pointless advertisements (mostly for shoes, of all things) at the same time. Even though they cannot succeed in posting their comments, the sheer volume of their attempts causes trouble. I would like to recreate the Dye Forum when I get the time and energy to do so. I have tinkered with setting up a WordPress forum in my All About Hand Dyeing Q&A, but haven’t gotten it going yet.

Stephen O’Connor’s Tie Dye Forum is down, presumably for similar reasons.

EMU’s long-respected DyersLIST mailing list was taken down in 2013, some time after the death of its moderator, Pat Williams. Its replacement is the_dyerslist, at the_dyerslist@utia.cas.cz, which was started by Jaja Pankova. The mail interface commands are available online at https://sympa.utia.cas.cz/sympa/help/mail_commands. This is the best all-purpose mailing list about all forms of dyeing. [Note: this paragraph was updated on February 9, 2015.]

I still have copies of the archives from the old EMU DyersLIST.

The Jacquard Products Forum, at the dye company’s website, is still up, but it is full of spam advertising. It need to be cleaned up. I hope that the company doesn’t decide to discontinue it, instead.

The Complex Cloth mailing list, is still active and fully functional. “A list devoted to the creation of art cloth, or complex cloth, based upon the techniques presented in Jane Dunnewold’s book, Complex Cloth.” Membership is restricted; I don’t know what the policies are for whether new members can join. The email address for subscribing is complexcloth-subscribe@yahoogroups.com .

The Natural Surfaces group on yahoo groups is run by Kimberly Baxter Packwood. It does not appear to have many posts these days; it looks like most are just monthly repostings of the rules files.

The Natural Dyes Mailing List on yahoo groups, in contrast, has considerably more postings by list members. The email address for subscribing is naturaldyes-subscribe@yahoogroups.com .

One of the most active groups right now that I see is the excellent Addicted to Tie Dyeing Facebook group. Even if you are not a Facebook user, you may want to set up a Facebook account (you can do this with minimal information about yourself if you prefer), so that you can access this group. You can set it up so that you receive an email for each new post in the group.

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