Been using all of that wonderful snow to dye fabric. Â I have just over 200 pieces dyed, now the ironing begins. Â It takes a while. Â I watch DVD’s whileÂ ironing, stocked up at the library beforeÂ all of the new snow arrived. Â Hope to have new pieces on my website soon.Â
I am playing with color mixing. Ocean is the latest mix. Teal and Purple. Both colors are my own mix. Â The color variation it produces is amazing. Â I have some other ideas up my sleeve. Yes, you can find it on my website www.marbled-arts.com Â I also have dyed some my Cotton Scarves. Â I think I will have a hard time letting them go.
Fall is officially here, that makes me think of a mug of Hot Chocolate. Â Now I am not talking about Milk Chocolate, but rich Dark Chocolate. Â Luscious, yummy really Dark Chocolate in the Waved Icarus Design.
It all starts with PFD fabric, glass marbled, rubber bands and a good movie.
After time in the dye buckets, a couple of rinses, the marbled and rubber bands must come out. My hands turn interesting colors, but wears off in a few days.
Navy Blue Rayon Top.
One Half of the three yard piece of Blue/Green.
Detail of Blue/Green
One Half of the three yard piece of Violet/Turquoise.
Silk Scarf. Silk is a bit of a challenge to work with.
Playing with Dye and things – What more can I say. Having to be off of my ankle is leaving me with idle hands. So a few experiments are in the works. The fabric is actually a deep dark purple, bad lighting.
I have posted this wall-hanging before.Â But just to recap many of you said you couldn’tÂ cut you Snow Dyed Fabric.Â Â I chose the fabric and my sisterÂ Karen put this together for me.Â And many of you have fallen in love with the idea.Â Recently I was delighted to see what was inspired by a yard of Snow Dyed Fabric and the Pavers pattern.
Karin Rainer calls her creation, “Can’t Cut That Fabric”. Â I think I’m in LOVE!Â Â Now I have all sorts of new ideas rolling around in my head.Â Just wait and see.
Yes, we had snow for a month. Â It started with beautiful fluffy powder. Â Then it hung around and turned into ice, also referred to as Cascade Concrete.We even ended up with some beautiful Hoar Frost.
I put all of that hard icy snow to good use. Â You guested it, Snow Dying.
Yep, my pile of yet to be ironed Snow Dyed Fabrics. Â WOW! Â I did create some beauties. Â You can find them on my website. Â I am still ironing and will be adding more to tempt you.
Finding the perfect colors for each hand marbled pieces of fabric can be a challenge. Â Generally I find myself using a combination of six colors. Â The tricky part is that the paints I use are opaque (Solid), translucent (see through but not clear) and transparent (clear). Â Each color is printed on a colored background. Â I am using Burnt Orange for this example.Â All of my paints are in clear jars. Â A fair amount of fiddling around and trying different combinations of paint follows. Â My favorite combination is dropped onto the clear marbling base. Â Sometimes that can change the look of the colors.
Opaque colors tend to stay the same, translucent colors may darken or appear to mix with the fabric color, transparent color allows the hand dyed color to shine through. Â More fiddling with the combination maybe required at this point.
The colors often change once they dry. Â The hard part is waiting fifteen days for the paints to cure. Â No trying to rush them or the colors do not adhere properly and all of the work is wasted.
The cured fabric is washed, dryed and ironed. Â It takes about three week from start to finish.