surface design - dyeing
Serendipitously, the day before I watched the videos, I was tidying up and found a large pastel painting of an iris that I had been thinking about making into an art quilt.
It is nothing like Linda Kemshall's picture, being about 30 inches square and a different style, but hey I thought I would have a go.
The first piece of fabric I dyed was some cotton, about 2 metres.
I used exactly the same method as I used here. The only difference was that I scrunched it up extremely tight into a micowave safe pot. I usually use glass, because I find plastic melts and wrecks the process and it allows me to check that the bottom fabric is dyed well (underneath). I then poured the dyes on and made sure they went into the fabric folds by gently massaging.
Because I poured the dye onto the fabric, I could mix the dyes. I just used a simple, yellow-red-blue sequence like Laura Kemshall did.
As usual, I made too much red dye, so I also dyed up a batch of cheesecloth/scrim
I also grabbed a pile of cotton scraps and did some greens to use in a landscape
Even hubby took an interest, using some of my left over dye to experiment with dyeing bits of wood.
As I said, this is an old post, whose pictures seem to have disappeared here. I think I was using Flickr at that stage and off course, if you just have a basic account, as you add more pictures, once you get over 300, pictures disappear from the beginning.
You may see some old post cropping up as I edit them - I'm not sure whether they get reposted or not.