Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another Day, Another Quilt

I completed my communication quilt today, for Fiberactions' second challenge...but you won't get to see it until March 15. I'm really happy with it, think it might be my very best quilt so far!

The photos here are samples of experiments I've been doing with Dynaflow textile paints, and I think I'll be doing a lot more of this. I've been scrunching up fabric, putting it in a small container so it holds the folds, and applying watered-down Dynaflow to the peaks of the fabric. Letting it dry, and then ironing to set the paint. The photo above has Lumiere applied to some edges after the paint.

I'm really intrigued by the possibilities with this technique. I've been experimenting with different amounts of moisture in the fabric to see how much color bleed I get. I could also stitch the folds, but I'm trying not to use my hands unnecessarily these days!

I'll upload more photos as they're available.


Sandra Rude said...

These are all really beautiful, Connie! Similar to shibori, but with a different gestalt. Can't wait to see more.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

OH WOW...that is marvellous. Very interesting.

Vivika said...

O.K., Connie, completing a quilt more than a month before the deadline is just plain.... overachievement!

Wish I was a month a head too!

Unknown said...

Dye-na-flow is a fun product. Try this... wet a piece of fabric fully with dye-na-flow and lay it out flat on a piece of plastic, a lino countertop, anything that is non-stick and slippery. Stretch the fabric so that it's totally flat and then with your fingers, gently start moving the fabric around. Let it cling to the surface below, just introduce folks and wrinkles into it. Then let it dry flat like that.

When it's dry, you'll get the most gorgeous patterning on the back of the fabric.