June 17, 2008

Fabric Dyeing


I have been busy! Here is one of the things I have been doing...dyeing fabric. Actually, this is the third try for some of these fabrics. Seems I kept getting a gray or heather look after dyeing, so I would try again. This time, I got out my "Color By Accident" book and did the process a little different. I used Robin Egg Blue Procion MX Dye. I left it in the dye solution for about 15 minutes and then poured a soda ash solution over it and mixed. Then, I left it covered for two days. This is really what i was looking for...soft ocean colors. Some of the previously dyed colors that were grayed aren't so gray anymore. I can use them in the ocean series of quilts or in some landscapes. I don't know what caused the graying effect...if you have any ideas, let me know. Most of the fabric is Aurora Muslin and some is Kauffman PFD. I like the PFD better because it seems the colors were clearer than the Aurora. But it may just be this batch. I guess it's like baking cookies...some are OK and some are delicious. Hopefully, all the delicious fabric will be gobbled up in a new quilt. The bonus I got was all the dyed threads that tangle from the edges will make a nice material to couch.

9 comments:

Vicki W said...

Those are beautiful landscape colors!

McIrish Annie said...

Vivian, I love these colors! so soft and serene.

LostLuggage said...

beautiful beautiful!! I can't wait to see what you do with those fabrics..my colors for sure!

sewslo said...

Vivian, Wonderful colors for landscaping.

Rachel Murphree said...

These would make a lovely landscape or sea quilt...so many possibilities here!

Thanks for your comment on my beaded glove. I never even thought of entering Bead International, I don't think I'm good enough, but I have plans for the pair to this glove, to bead it, and the Bead Int is every two years, so maybe I could enter it then. Thanks for the idea!

Cheryl L said...

Hi Vivi, those fabrics are gorgeous. I can't wait to see what you do with them.

We'll miss you at NQA tomorrow!!!

TracyB said...

Your colors are ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!

Michelle said...

Vivian, those are simply scrumptious! So serene. I can't wait to see the resulting quilt! Try P&B Dyers Cloth sometime (BigHornQuilts.com has it) - it's very soft, PFD, and I really love it!

Vivian said...

Thank you all so much for the nice comments! I really appreciate it! I hope to dye more fabrics before summer is gone.