Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Fabric Dyeing

Every so often I get the urge to do some fabric dyeing. It always takes much longer than I think it will but there is something very satisfying in creating your own fabrics.

Here is what I ended up with after two days of dyeing, rinsing and ironing.

Here is a photo of my containers all filled with different dye combinations and fabric.

In the past I have always dyed fat quarters but this time I tore 12" strips by the width of the fabric. I used Procion dyes in blue, yellow, red and black. Actually I had two shades of each colour, a warm and a cool.

This time I was trying different combinations to get landscape colours and I was very happy with the results.


Blues and Purples

Reds and Browns

While I had my dyes out I thought I would also dye some silk, cheesecloth, organza and lace
Organza and Lace
 I love the vibrant colour of the lace. I didn't really want the silk organza to be quite so dark but I haven't done any organza dyeing for a couple of years and I forgot that it doesn't need to be in the dye pot for very long.
Silk and Cheesecloth
I love the way the hand dyed silk glows, sometimes I wish I could sew with silk all the time.

At the last minute I grabbed a fat quarter of fabric and did a little shibori dyeing. I wrap it around a plastic pipe and scrunch it down to get the effect. One day, I'll take a photo of me doing it. It's not very well done because I did it so quickly at the end of the day but I am sure it could be put to use in a landscape.

Blue and green shibori
I have packed all my dyeing equipment away now and I don't know when I will dye again, but it is a lot of fun.

I think that you can guess that I am planning on doing some landscape quilts in the next twelve months. So much to do, so little time!!

Bye for now,


Gina E. said...

OMG, that's a LOT of fabric! Had to chuckle at the photo of the dyes in the containers...guess who's Mum uses Omo?!

Linda Steele said...

Those containers are such a handy size for dyeing Gina, that I can't resist them.