Fabric Designs.com has a Facebook page and boards on Pinterest if you are interested in seeing more hand dyed cotton, silk and wool textiles! We even have YouTube videos on various topics relating to fabric dyeing techniques. Look for the Fabric Designs channel and become a follower! Right now, I am working on three large scale panels for a local cafe. The subject matter is three sleeping cats and will be done in either batik or with textile paints. Watch this blog for photos of the step by step process. Happy dyeing!
Hello, dear dyeing students, Cheryl asked me to post our attempts at using oxalis blossoms on various wool yarns. It was a success in that we got color but this is not something we will repeat even though having an ample supply of it in the yard. My daughter fired up the roasting pan one more time today to run through our last round of pokeberries for the season. That has always been a great color although a bit temperamental. Most everything else is done now so the garden will be given over to edible plants until spring returns. To look forward to next spring- the return of larkspur and orange cosmos. Hopefully we will get some black hollyhocks this year. The seeds have been stubborn to sprout and I have to protect the plants from chicken musings. What are you working on these days? Any big projects looming in the wings? Let me know how you are and what's up in your world. Love.
The answer to this question is yes, I am teaching my online fabric designing classes when Quilt University closes at the end of this year. You may also be asking me where, when, what, how, who.....all good questions but I can't say quite yet. I will announce it soon. Sorry about being so secretive but that is how it has to be for now. I know!!! It's making me antsy too. Until then- there are a few more of my classes to be found at www.quiltuniversity.com. Love.
Here's yet another YouTube video on how colors wick.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEIwEXANB8M The quality isn't that great so I do apologize for that but you get the general idea of what's going on here, I hope. The problem some of my students have with colors wicking too fast or too slowly results in funky results on occasion. One color in particular that is tough to make is brown. When jammed into a tight container to make the mottling designs we all love, the color red, which travels slowest of the three primaries, can't quite make it into the folds and caverns to blend with the yellow and blue. The result is some brown but also some green thrown into the mix. You can easily fix this problem by readjusting the fabric at the half way mark so the red can find it's way along the fibers to make a nice brown color. Removing a piece of hand dyed fabric too soon from the dye bath can also be problematic in that the colors haven't had the time to travel together and connect to the fibers as well as they can or should. I have been playing with intentional wicking of colors. You can see results of that by searching this blog for the word, "wicking". Thoughts?
For my online students and those who have taken classes with me in the past, here is a demonstration of how to tent silk (or cotton) that has been dyed in an environment where there is very low humidity. Having the fabric dry out too soon can be problematic when looking for deep, dark color saturation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsrK55Y-2-c&list=FLpw4Cr7hfPnu--EYtxMX8LA Happy dyeing, everyone!