Friday, July 26, 2013

Experiments with Dyeing Fabric

I know, once again, I've been MIA for a little better than a week.  I've been uber-absorbed in a fiber art class given by the Hammond Art Guild this week.  I have been fascinated with hand-dyeing for awhile (and now really want to move into batiks...one step at a time tho!) and my teacher, Rosemary Ydarraga, was fabulous, giving us a detailed, well-rounded launching off point into the world of fiber dyeing!  Here's a few of my  experiments:

This lovely set of fat eighths explores the color wheel.  Three basic colors of blue, red, and yellow created this rainbow palate!

Examples of utilizing shade and tint!  These are using Procion dyes in Fushia (left) and Scarlet Red (right)...which might be my favorite colorways, right next to turquoise.

Discharging fabric...simply misting with bleach and setting it with a vinegar solution.

Fabric stamping with fun metallic fabric paint.  Isn't this awesome?!?!

I had SO much fun and had plenty of time to work on a few personal projects like dyeing evenweave for cross stitching and cotton yarn for my crochet work!  My head is still spinning with all the avenues this can go in regards to the many, many types of fiber work I enjoy.  Right now though, it's time for me to refocus my efforts at the shop.  I feel like I've totally goofed off this week but at least I have a ton of great fabric to add to my stash!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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