Following on from the dyeing I showed here recently I've had another dyeing day with friends. We had the luxury of using Wendy's studio and she even mixed the dyes for us. We had a great time and came home with lots of fabrics to rinse out. You may well know that I don't like flat colour so I mangled, scrunched, crushed, twisted, knotted and tied my fabrics to make it hard for the dye to reach every fibre.
The cat litter tray had pleated cotton, silk and scrim in it and I draped another piece of scrim into it from the jug which contained a pipe with fabric scrunched round it with string. I ended up with a two toned length of scrim just right for a sea scene.
This was the piece tied and scrunched round the plastic pipe and has come out a bit paler than I expected but I love the wave-like marks. I would love to do this with a large piece of fabric but would have to engage the help of my glamorous assistant (last seen rinsing fabric) to scrunch the fabric down. I think I saw a suitable length of drainage pipe behind the shed but I'll need a big enough bucket to immerse the fabric in. I wonder what a rain butt looks like with dye in it?! I usually use 1 teaspoon of dye to 100ml of water. How many millilitres would there be in a butt? Maybe I need to think about that again ;-)
The images above are the fabric from the jar which is one long piece. The colours are a little brighter in reality.
These two, above and below, are from the litter tray. I wish you could see how gorgeous the silk is, I wish I'd dyed a larger piece.
I am really pleased with the piece above. I wrapped a length of cotton fabric around a washing line which I pulled tightly and tied so it looked like a doughnut, and then put it in a plastic bag with 'warm black' dye. I am not sure whether the dye has split or whether the yellow has come from the rope.
I tied the corners of the piece above in knots and scrunched and wrapped random areas with elastic bands (tie-dyed).
I've been enjoying all the dyeing I've been doing lately and, along with some bought fabrics, I can feel a quilt coming on.