Somewhere along the line I have come to view my life as one big experiment. In my studio if something sits still to long it could end up in a dye bucket. Recently I received a bolt of Tone on Tone Cotton Fabric and I have questions.
What happens if you throw it into a dye bucket? What happens it you use paintstiks on the printed part of the fabric? Will it stick?
I tossed it in with some Pansy Purple Scarves that I was dying and a whole new look appeared. Added some Iridescent Gold Paintstik, that had been cured, heat set, washed and dried.
The first day of marbling for the Summer. Light Green now gets to cure for 16 days before it gets washed, dried and ironed.
Just finished hand dyeing all of this lovely fabric. Next, it will all be marbled, it could take me all Summer to get it done.
If you have ever asked for help finding the perfect Red, you will know the first thing I will ask you is “Blue or Orange based Red?” I thought it was time that I explained just what that means. Above you will see three Reds, Cherry Red, Scarlet and Emotion Red. All three of the Reds are hand dyed using the same amount of dye, the same fabric and dyed on the same day. Can you see the change in tone? Cherry Red has the most Orange tone to it, thus is an Orange based Red. Scarlet is a deeper Red but still, has that warm Orange undertone and is an Orange based Red. Emotion Red has a cool undertone, deeper and richer, Blue based Red.
Big sigh! Today was the first day of Marbling in almost a year. A bit shaky at first, then muscle memory took over. Happy Dance is in order.
I chose Sun as the first color this year because it makes me happy.
You will be able to view the different designs on my website in about sixteen days. Why so long? The fabric must cure for two weeks, wash, dry and iron, followed by scanning, watermarking, edit and adding to site.
Been using all of that wonderful snow to dye fabric. I have just over 200 pieces dyed, now the ironing begins. It takes a while. I watch DVD’s while ironing, stocked up at the library before all of the new snow arrived. Hope to have new pieces on my website soon.