More Fun With Dyeing
Here’s what I did this morning. The green on the left is made from yellow dye with a little black mixed into it. This was a tip from Melody Johnson from Fibermania. If you’re not familiar with her work, go visit her blog. I wanna be like her when I grow up!
Playing around with low-water immersion dyeing was my objective this morning. This is a dyeing process where the fabric is crammed into a small container, and the dye is poured over it. The more the fabric is crumpled up, the more mottled it will will be.
Mostly I twisted the fabric, and then poured the dye solution over it. I untwisted the fabric from time to time to see how it looked, and added more dye as needed, using an eyedropper. Then I smushed the fabric around to blend the colors together.
When I was finished playing with it, I twisted it back up and put in into an empty cottage cheese container to cure. To avoid having dark spots on the fabric from sitting in the excess dye, I poured any extra dye off, and used it to dye more fabric.
The fabric containers were slipped inside a plastic bag so they wouldn’t dry out while the fabric was curing. Don’t know if it makes any difference or not, but it can’t hurt. The basement is pretty chilly, so the little containers of dyed fabric were kept warm and toasty on a heating pad for most of today. The warmth is supposed to help the dye react better with the fabric.
This yellow fabric shows my attempt at batik using gel glue. Now I need to paint it with some dye. After it’s cured, then I wash the glue out, leaving the yellow designs.
The shapes are from a picture I took on the beach the other day. It was warm enough for the snow to start melting, and the water made some neat designs in the sand.
This is such an amazing design. It’s so graceful, and it just flows. It makes me think of a tree with the leaves blowing in the breeze.
If you click on the picture of the sand, it’ll make it bigger so you can see the design better.
The best part about dyeing fabric is that no matter what happens, it’s a success! It’s just so much fun to play around with the colors, and I’m learning something every time I do some dyeing. I can see that there’s a bolt of white fabric in my future. I’ve already used up about a third of what I bought at the fabric sale!
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