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.
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!
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.
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.
Stay tuned for more shibori and more color baths tomorrow!