Monday, February 22, 2010

Unintentional Indigo

I tried another dyeing experiment yesterday. I made a few changes to my "normal" shibori process, wherein I put a bunch of tied, wrapped, clamped and/or scrunched fabrics in 2 gal. of water with 3-4 T of dissolved dye. Normally I'll let it steep for 15 minutes, than agitate the dye with my gloved hands, add soda ash, and let sit for another hour with agitations every 15 minutes. After an hour in soda ash, I decant the bucket, rinse the fabrics in cold water, and wash in hot water with synthrapol.

What I did differently yesterday was this: I used two colors of dye -- black and teal -- I let the fabric steep in the dye for an hour, then I agitated, added soda ash, and left the bucket to batch overnight. I was hoping the dye colors would separate into their component parts, instead I got more of a bluish black with minor separation. It kind of looked like indigo, in the end. The only two pieces of fabric above that were white when I began yesterday are the second and third pieces from the left. Everything else had been low water or shibori dyed previously. Except for the bluish purple piece on the right, which I had painted with Dynaflow the other day. I really like Dynaflow -- it's like dye, only it's paint!

I completed my second photo quilt for February, today, and I'll upload it tomorrow. I'm really happy with it -- everything about it is different from what I've done before. Can't wait for you to see it!

9 comments:

Gerrie said...

Nice shibori. I like Dynaflow,too. I need to stock up on some.

Meg in Nelson said...

Love the third one from the left, Connie.

Vivika said...

I'm with Meg - the third from the left looks quite interesting. Your dyeing is inspirational.

katherinesands said...

Lovely group of shibori pieces!

Approachable Art said...

Gorgeous. It's time I learned how to Shibori, I think, I need to add fabrics like these to my stash!

Rayna said...

Connie, no matter what you do or how you do it, your shibori turns out to be gorgeous!!

Vicki W said...

These are beautiful! I agree, Dyenaflow is awesome paint.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Thanks for the interesting outline of how these pieces were done and differed from the usual. I think they are all lovely but especially like 2,3 and that gorgeous purple blue at the end.

Jan said...

These are so lovely! This is a foreign world to me, as you know. Maybe we could do some shibori when I visit...what should I gather to take with?