Monday, November 26, 2007

Wonderful Experiments

I think these turned out wonderful!! The original fabric was a white cotton with the "swirls" being a printed in white pattern. That pattern created somewhat of a resist when I dyed the swatches. I was very pleased with how these turned out! I discovered something interesting when I dyed the same type of material but with dragonflies as a background. When I dyed one of the swatches a very nice brown, the dragonflies dyed a very nice subtle pink. (I'll have to take a picture of it and post it here so you can see it.)

Ahhhh, dyed cheesecloth. One can never have too much!! I'm not sure what it is that I love about it. Maybe it's because it's so easy to dye & takes very little of a dye bath to dye a piece. Or is it that whatever you're dyeing (assuming it's protein fibers) there's always room to add a little cheesecloth into the bath. Or maybe it's that wispy gracefulness of the fabric. (It's probably all of those things.)

These are some of the colors I was able to create over the long holiday weekend.


Jacq said...

I enjoyed reading about your dying this past weekend. The printed fabric is wonderful.

Michelle said...

wow, I'm jealous - these look great!!! Like a big bowl of candy. Are the first two pics different fabrics? Or just a closeup? I love the big swirls. Can't wait to see your dragonflys!

Judy Rys said...

These turned out great. Painting white on white fabric has interesting results also.

Joanna van said...

Lovely colors! I hope you you show us what you make!

clevelandgirlie said...

These are gorgeous. Love the swirlies and the cheesecloth. You are going to have alot of fun making some cool projects with those!