Not to long ago the members of my Surface Design Group escaped for some fun. We spent two days experimenting with thickened dye. We dyed, stamped, stenciled, dabbed and painted fabric. The first two are made using thickened dye, a foam roller, stencil and brush. I’m not sure if this is the final produce or if I will over dye or something else.
Leaf one is also made using thickened dye, stamp and foam roller. We discovered that the dye needed to be at different thicknesses for different techniques. We all started out wearing gloves, I was a lost cause. Instead I came home with multi-colored hands. Not to worry it has already worn off.
On Fire and Amethyst & Sun (below) are both created using a dyeing method that was new to me. This is the first time that our SDG did a retreat, we are already planning the next one. I came away with some new thoughts and ideas. I cannot wait to experiment more.
Scrappy Pavers is a wonderful way to use up scraps. I had constructed an earlier version using five different Batiks as the main blocks of fabrics. But I kept thinking, “I always have lots of scraps”. I cut the twenty 10 inch blocks from twenty different fabrics. I used a variety of dark, medium and lights in Hand Marbled, Batiks and a few fabrics from Bold Over Batiks with black Hand Dyed fabric. I made the sashing a bit wider, as it seamed that your eye needed a little more break with all of the amazing color. I love this pattern as it is quick and easy and you can find it on my website
Summer is when I hand marble fabric for my Fall Shows. I’m in my studio every day trying to come up with gorgeous new colors and designs to tempt you. I have been fiddling with a couple of different designs. Yes, fiddling, playing, tweaking until everything clicks into place and I know its right. This is a new version of an old design called Feathers. I can already envision using it in different colors for a variety of things, feathers, borders, foliage, a feather boa, the list goes on and on.