I finally got round to playing with my dyes today although I have missed my chance with the snow dyeing. I had prepared several fabrics by putting them into a soda soak and drying them on a rack and also a Journal Quilt and a quilt for a challenge.
This first quilt is 12” x 24” and is for the challenge being run on Expedition Quilt Art. I have cut/torn various widths of different fabrics and then woven them and quilted them to a layer of wadding and a backing fabric. With some difficulty I managed to do a wrap round binding which I stitched to the front.
This Journal Quilt is 10” x 7” and was made in the same way as the one above with the addition of some buttons.
I wasn’t sure how to go about dyeing these quilts and in the end decided to tray dye them.
Starting with the lightest colours first I used pipettes to apply the dye to the quilts.
This was lemon yellow and golden yellow.
I then added turquoise, jet black and finally navy.
First of all I have to say that these strong colours were a bit of a shock! I was expecting the black to blend with the yellows more than it did to give some greens but I soon realised that I should have dampened my fabric before I started so that the dyes would move around more. Needless to say, as I have since rinsed the fabrics out, the colours are far less strident but I will have to wait until tomorrow to see what they look like when they are dry. My first thought is that I will either overdye (maybe in a mix of magenta and orange as I do not have a warm red) or maybe do a little judicious discharging.
With some of the remaining dyes I set up a layered ‘bucket’ with various fabrics and, while there is a lot of green in these too (what did I expect?!) there are a couple of interesting pieces. Once they’re dry I will photograph them and put them on the blog.
I still get very confused about procedures when dyeing, probably because I really haven’t done a lot of it. Somehow (probably because I tend to use blues and yellow!) I always end up with a lot of green. I am thinking now I should have dampened my fabrics, mixed the dyes with a salt solution and then added the soda solution later. Maybe that would have worked better. I think the pre-soaking in soda ash/washing soda and drying probably works best with printing with thickened dyes. My colours tended to plop where I dropped them and not blend much whereas I would have liked them to have been a bit softer
Hopefully I’ll be able to photograph the results tomorrow.