Saturday, November 2, 2019

New Monet-Like Ice-Dyed Fabrics

The other day I created a couple more fabrics for my blue,-green-yellow stash. I have a lot of strips cut and am wanting to create an improv style quilt, but wanted some focal point blocks here and there. I love how these turned out. They remind me of Monet's water lily paintings. Who knows? These might take me off in a completely different direction.

Monet's Water Lilies, 1922

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dye-Na-Flow Play

Really enjoyed my time playing with Jacquard's Dye-Na-Flow paint this week. 
 Below are two pieces of cotton, one scrunched up, the other accordion folded. Manipulating the fabric gave it some great textures and interesting nuances.

Painted a couple of silk scarves as well. I plan on putting these
 in the upcoming Studios on the Park "Handcrafted for the Holidays" show.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dyeing Silk Scarves

Had a lot of fun over the weekend dyeing two new scarves
 and over-dyeing two previously dyed ones.
 I was afraid that the darker colors would totally take over the lighter ones on this scarf below,
but that didn't happen. I enjoy working in this very free, abstract painting style. After squirting on the dyes, I gently lift the plastic a bit from each end to encourage mingling of the colors.

  Below is the finished washed and ironed scarf.

On the other new scarf  I used the arashi shibori technique, binding it to
a pvc pipe with rubber bands.  I used Lemon Yellow, Deep Orange, Turquoise and Terracotta.

 Here is the finished scarf.

The one below was previously dyed but came out very light. It was a chiffon silk, which takes the dye differently than the China silk ones above. I wanted to add more color to it.
The picture on the right shows it with all the wet dye and notice how dark it looks.
However, after curing, washing, drying, and ironing, 
it came out looking very soft and impressionistic. 


The scarf below was another one I tried to over-dye, but it didn't work out like I had hoped. I may try to do some stenciling with silk paints over it, to make it a little more exciting.

I'll be selling these scarves and more at the Studios on the Park in Paso Robles
 at their Handcrafted for the Holidays Show
 which opens November 21st and runs through December 28th. 
If you are local, check out their holiday show. 
Studios on the Park does a great job providing arts programming to the local schools.
 They serve over 100,00 students and visitors every year. 

They are located at 1130 Pine Street in Paso Robles, California. 
To find out more about them and their hours, etc., visit Studios on the Park

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

More Shibori Shenanigans

Dyed some more fabric in my blue and green series. I'm trying to get enough to create a new quilt. For that I need lots of different values of those colors.   Here's some of my new ones and a picture of my design wall with possibilities.

And last, but not least, a fun picture of my friend Phyllis and her granddaughter
having a great time dyeing shirts in my studio.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Shibori Dyeing with Friends

This is the beautiful view from my studio last night.

Below is an accordion folded Itajime piece, done on Essex Linen from Dharma Trading Co. I really like it and the hand of the fabric is perfect for showing the details.

Over the weekend, one of the members of my weekly quilting circle had her art-loving granddaughter and boyfriend visiting her. She asked if they could all come over and dye a shirt. So here they are below working on their projects.

Love the intense concentration from Cameron as she's applying the dyes. Her boyfriend seemed to have a good time dyeing his first shirt ever. He was glad to find out why those kind of designs on shirts are called '"Tie Dye."  It was quite the ah-ha moment for him.

Below is another picture of the cute couple.  
Can't wait to see how their shirts turned out.

Monday, September 9, 2019

New Itajime and Arashi Shibori Fabrics and Shirt

Here are some new dyed fabrics and a shirt I made 
 with a fun group of women, part of the Sew Whatz group,  in the studio barn on Saturday.

This is a T-Shirt I over-dyed using the Arashi Shibori technique. It had been previously ice-dyed but needed another layer of pattern to tie it all together into a more cohesive design.

This is an example of the honeycomb technique.
To learn more about that technique, see my post previous to this one. 
I like the water-like texture in these honeycomb pieces.

I used hexagon shaped tiles to create this clamped resist piece shown above.
I think it resembles glowing bugs with long antennae and legs.

Above is an example of stitched resist know as Komasu Shibori.

The one above is folded just like the stitched one above it, 
but you use only rubber bands
 to create the patterns.  I like it quite a bit and it's easier.

For the one above I used two balsa wood cut outs of a maple leaf  I bought at Michaels, clamped together with fabric in-between them. 

The piece above was accordion folded and held together with rubber bands. 
It's done on linen.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Honeycomb Shibori Technique Revisited

A couple days ago, I did some experimenting with variables
 in regards to the Honeycomb shibori technique. 
 I used three different cords with which to wrap the fabric. I also wrapped each one in three different ways. The one furthest on the left was folded in half and wrapped diagonally around a half inch nylon diameter cord, the middle one was wrapped around a 1/4 inch diameter cord and the one on the right was wrapped leaving about three inches on the outside. It was done on a pastel fabric,
using  a 1/2 inch jute diameter cord.

So yesterday was the big unveiling. I really love unwrapping 'batched' fabrics
 and seeing how the dyes and techniques turned out. It's almost like Christmas!

Below is the one furthest to the left in photo above.  I like how this one turned. out.
 I used Robin's Egg, Cerulean, Dragonfruit and Plum.

This is the middle one from the top photo. I'm pleased with this one too.
  I used Turquoise, Cobalt and Raven Black.

This is the one on the right in the top photo, done on a commercial pastel fabric, 
with some fabric hanging outside of the loop. It was
too pale for me. I had used Chartreuse and Emerald Green on it. I decided to re-dye it.

 So I re-tied it using the honeycomb method again and 
added some cerulean to it.  The picture below shows the improved one.

I had lots of fun experimenting with this technique, and it should be helpful
 in predicting outcomes in the future.