Day 4, Dyed Fabric

Today dyed fabric is the theme.

 

This summer I spent quite a bit of time outdoors making much of the fabric I’m using all winter. The first is a “sunprint” printed using Jacquard Solar Fast Dyes and various plants plucked from my yard.

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After taking a class with Kerr Grabowski in August, I came home and had a great time making fabric with deconstructed screen prints using ProChem MX Procion dyes.  This is one of my favorites.   I love these colors and can’t seem to stop using them!

DSP Hosta Leaves and Ferns web

Last year, I did my first batch of “shibori,” a Japanese method of tying and stitching fabric , then immersing it in dye to create distinctive patterns on cloth. I’ve almost used up all of these!   I have about 8 plus quilts in various stages of progress right now.

First Batch Shibori

 

 

 

Days 1, 2 and 3:

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Shibori, Day 4 & Batiks

Thursday was another good day for outdoor work – no sun but no rain either. Here are a few more pieces I completed while the weather was holding!

Batiks
Batiks I started last year and didn’t get back to until now! First I did some Blue and some Yellow. Finally, I gave it an Evergreen for the final dunk.
Batiked
Close up of one Batik

Although I put a few more shibori pieces through an initial dye bath, they aren’t finished so they’re not shown here.

3 color dye bath
Last year I dyed a piece of blue fabric with Chinese Red Dye. I took this and put it in an Evergreen dye bath. I Love this color combo.
3 Color dey bath
This one started out with a Chartreuse dye and Alpine Blue applied directly; then another dunk in Evergreen.

I linked up with yet another creative fiber artist on her “Off The Wall Friday” blogpost:  http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/

Shibori, Day 2

 Yesterday’s work produced the desired results!  Last year, at the World Quilt Festival, I purchased some gorgeous, muted natural colored mottled gradated dyed fabric that I loved!  I used every bit of it.  I was after a similar color scheme and I got just what I wanted! I used the pale yellow for the first color and then put it through an Ecru dye bath after various shibori tying and folding processes.

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Stay tuned for more shibori and more color baths tomorrow!