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.