|Santa's lil helper's workshop!!|
dyed two 12-step gradations using Frieda Anderson's "Fabric to Dye For" book and we got some amazing results. So I refreshed myself on Frieda's process and formulas, and went to work soaking all the fabrics, clothing & accessories in the soda ash fixative the night before. The next morning, I pulled out my blender used exclusively for dyeing, my notes and set out to make a quart each of red, yellow and blue, magenta, lemon and turquoise dye, along with a little bit of black dye. Once the dyes were mixed, I went to town adding splashes of color to all the holiday gifts on my list. Four hours later, I had finished adding color to the last few dyed goods, and the clean up process was almost complete. The only evidence to be found was concealed in the laundry room, where a large assortment of plastic containers were full of dyed goods undergoing the batching process.
As usual, I woke up super early the next day to began the washout/clean up process: removing rubberbands, squeezing out excess dye, rinsing the fabrics, and cleaning all the containers. Given the large volume of items dyed, these repetitive movements really started to take a toll on my back. But any pain or discomfort was soon forgotten once I started pulling the gorgeous fabrics out of the dryer!!
Santa Claus is still out delivering many of the gifts to all the good boys & girls on my list, so I don't want to ruin any surprises...but I can show you some of the items I dyed for myself (as I have been a very good girl this year!!)
First up..some rainbow burst fabrics (all fat quarter sized). I squished the pre-soaked fabrics accordion style into a plastic tray and simply poured the dye on in color bands: red, yellow and turquoise. Then I would squirt yellow and turquoise on at the same time to get green, red/yellow for orange and red/blue for violet. I love the colorful bursts!!
|Bright Color Bursts: Magenta, Lemon & Turquoise|
|Warm Color Bursts: Chinese Red, Bright Yellow & Cerulean Blue|
I wanted to experiment more with created some dyed mandalas and prepared some 22" squares and 44" squares. I am so pleased with the results and may try to create some wholecloth quilts with some complementary free motion quilted designs!!
|44" Mandalas and Rainbow Bursts|
|For Yours Truly...|
|Fabric Give Away!!!|
This drawing is open to all US residents and will stay open until 12 noon (PST) on December 31st, at which time I will pick a winner using Random Generator and I will email the lucky winner by January 1st. 12/31 Update: Giveaway is CLOSED. Congratulations to Pauline for having her # randomly selected!! I will be mailing out her hand dyed goodies in the next day or two!!
To be entered, simply leave a comment below and share one new quilt-related skill, technique or challenge you tried this year!!