I have been juggling many, many quilty things. Soon I'll be able to share a magazine article about my mosaics and some news about teaching on a quilting cruise. I'm also excited and nervous at the same time about a trip to Houston at the end of October to exhibit Curvalicious at the largest wholesale quilt industry show. Right now I am working on prepping for a 3 day educational seminar in MD that starts on Friday. Oy!
On Sunday, I have a full class for my Fabric dyeing workshop. This is what it looked like as I was putting the kits together.
Most of the fabric in the kit is PFD cotton (Prepared for dyeing). That means there is no sizing or any additives that would interfere with the chemistry of dyeing. The black and white fabric is off the bolt from a fabric store. It needs to be scoured before it is dyed to remove any additives.
Yesterday was a dry run. Here's my dyeing set up. I used 3 different dyes from the red, yellow and blue family and combined them in varying amounts. It's important to be very organized. However, I'm quite messy, so I try to remember to wear gloves.
I use sandwich baggies to add the different combos of dyes to the fabric. I let them batch (sit) overnight.
Today was washout day. After rinsing until the water ran clear, everything went into the washer and then the dryer.
Here's a beautiful stack of fabric. I love all these colors.
I used a combination of PFD fabric, white on white prints and black and white prints. This is what it looks like when I divided them into the three piles.
White on white
And the black and white prints.
This was one of the black and white fabrics I started with.
I love the way this fabric dyed. I haven't seen any other fabric dyers starting with the white on white or any B&W fabrics. I love the results and think they are so interesting. I have been experimenting like this for a lot of years. It's fabric dyeing, my way.
My workshop is this coming Sunday. I think my students are going to love it.