Saturday, 8 May 2010

Freshly Coloured Fabric.

My decking looked lovely last Sunday with the freshly coloured fabrics moving in the breeze!

They reminded me of the Medieval jousting tournaments with brightly coloured fabrics gently flapping from poles and tents!

Ha and talking about breeze with the instructions and advice of the course tutor the process of dyeing the fabric was a breeze too!

The first lesson was dyeing the three primary colours using the full immersion technique.
The salt and the soda ash were added a bit at a time.


I’m most pleased with the fabric from the show, 100% unbleached cotton.
Although the American Muslin is good too!
It’s all in the mixing of the chemicals....oh and the stirring...10-12 times in the last hour....yes I failed at that! Well the hour went so fast and I was doing something else...the red juice was so enjoyable after concentrating so hard!!

The picture above shows the experimental one after the main dye has been used.

The tutor told us to do it!! She writes that she wanted us to find out why certain amounts of dye are linked to dyeing amounts....

I can’t describe how I felt during and after all this fun!
I do know I felt relieved that there wasn’t mucky or bizarre colours’ hanging there!

The second lesson is already up on the Quilt Uni to start when you're ready...I'm doing mine tomorrow after walking the dog and buying some food...well I have to eat too!

Lesson 2 is achieving mottling patterns on the fabric and mixing the Secondary colours of Orange, Purple and looking forward to tomorrow!
I'll post the pctures of the results!


Heart & Sew said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the fabric dyeing.
Theres something sooo magical about adding colour to a bland fabric. Tie-dye is another great never know what your going to end up with.
There are so many different techniques to try if you really get the dyeing bug. Your fabric look amazing well done you, hope you have another productive day on the next course. x

Jacqui at Fibre Dreams said...

Hi thanks for the encouragement! IF I REALLY GET THE BUG....I am so's all I am thinking of at the mo!! Saddo I know!