25 May 2016

The dyes lured me in

Yesterday afternoon I decided to start watching more from the archives and note the name of the technique and where I can find it's workshop. I watched the four part "Painterly Piecing" archive and I saw something that got my attention. As you know I am all about dye (and hot wax). One of the shows talked about dyeing a piece of cloth in an array of colors and what one might make from it. I had some really old dyes in my refrigerator (like 9 months old) and I certainly have fabric so I thought this was something I could do with one hand.




 This is about a 60 X 60" square of cheap off white cotton from IKEA. It is also a heavier weight than I usually use.


Wet and scrunched into a tub. This would have been much easier with 2 hands.


Everything was cold and it is cold and blustery today so I hauled out my rice bags (see tutorial) I use these all the time to bring up the temp of the fabric that is batching


OLD STUFF dribs and drabs


Dead soldiers


So pretty


on the ironing board and bed






This is NOT my style of dyeing but I wanted to dye something and though I would try this rainbow method. The rest of the project requires cutting and (accurate) stitching but that is 3.5 weeks away yet. Meanwhile I can tell you I had a ball.

Oh I almost forgot to tell you how I rinsed the dye out of the fabric - in my driveway with a garden hose (hehe). NO WAY I could rinse that huge piece in the sink. I took pictures with my cell phone.





I will get back to this and finish the project since I hate UFOs.

10 comments:

  1. Amazing you can do all this with one hand,looks awesome.

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  2. So pretty rainbow, indeed...... Take care of your hand.

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    1. Thanks Carmina. Just two more weeks!!

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  3. Very nice and what a great colors from that old dye. Is that Procion that you put in the freezer?

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    1. Procion (MX) in the refrigerator for at least 6 months

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  4. Beautiful, Beth! I have to tell you... some of my dyes have been mixed and in a fridge for over 2 years! I just used some Sage from 2014 to overdye a shirt I didn't totally like, and it worked just fine. Used to be they said use within one month of being mixed. I do find that yellow doesn't always hold it's strength, and some greens, but in my type of dyeing I rarely throw away dyes anymore! I just make sure to label the color and date on the jar.
    Can't wait to see what you do with that beautiful piece once you have both hands!

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  5. Oh Beth you make me miss dyeing. I've been itching to get some dyeing done now that the weather is getting nicer. I've also got old dyes in the refrigerator but their age has never seemed to be a problem.

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  6. Ooooooo, lush with color! Tie dye, can't help but think of the early 70's....

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  7. Hope! For two handed return and for my very old dyes!

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