The first day of marbling for the Summer. Light Green now gets to cure for 16 days before it gets washed, dried and ironed.
My most recent project is a fun swingy pullover top. Yes, I have the pattern on my website. I started with PFD White Cotton fabric and a Tone on Tone White Cotton Fabric.
Hand Dyed everything Blue Green. I love the variety of hand dying the cotton fabric, it turns Tone on Tone into something really fun and unique.
Finished top, yippie, had the right light for a good photo.
Back, fun to wear and fits nicely. The pattern was easy to make.
Now, for a behind the scenes look. This is my favorite place to take photos of samples. Braving the snow was easy after digging out my gaiters.
Beautiful if you are working from home.
Yes, it is snow dying time again. We ended up with a couple of inches and that means it is time to snow dye. I love watching the snow melt and the colors happen. The above pile of snow received a rainbow of dye colors.
Greens, Blues, and Yellows, I think. Once they start to melt it can be a challenge to figure out what colors I used.
Ever wondered how Over Dying happens? I elevate my drip trays about 1 to 1 1/2 inches, using scrap lumber. I should note that everything gets dye on it, so the scrap lumber now stays in my studio. Melted snow changes and varies in color, surprises happen.
Fire – Red, Orange, and Yellows are ready for their rinse.
Earthtones ready for their rinse. Grass, twigs or gravel do not affect the color.
Snow Dyed Orange Rainbow
Over Dyed Kingdom Idd
Snow Dyed Purple Fan
You can see more Snow Dyed and Over Dyed pieces on my website.
Several years ago my dear friend Mary asked for assistance with making a T-shirt quilt for her husband Jeff. The majority of the T-shirts were from Alaska so Mary wanted to use my snow dyed fabric. We spent the afternoon selecting several yard sized pieces that went well together.
Might I say at this point that Mary is not a quilter and had no idea what she was getting into. We started by stabilizing the t-shirts and then arranging them for the quilt top. As we lived four hours apart Mary found help in her area for assembling the quilt top. She sent me a sample of the color for the drops and I created a custom hand dyed color for the quilt.
Mike & I just made a trip to Montana to visit Mary & Jeff. While admiring the quilt I noticed that not all of the basting had been removed. I thought that it was only appropriate that I finish the quilt Mary and I had started. It turned out beautifully.
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.