Thursday, April 15, 2010

Grass Green

Here's that stack of fabric from my olive shibori batch -- the fabrics I hadn't liked -- after discharging and overdyeing.  Quite a color variation on the different fibers.  From the bottom, there's raw silk, muslin, an old linen napkin, a fairly loose woven cotton scarf...then a handwoven piece, made from cotton warp and crepe rayon weft, and last a silk and cotton handwoven scarf that I wore for a couple of years before deciding to throw it into the dyepot yesterday.  The color was kind of washed out -- an early dye job for me -- and the original arashi lines weren't very dark.  This scarf was my very first go at arashi. 

My plan is to tie, wrap and stitch these up again for another round of shibori, likely with black dye.

I had a major Aha this week, a solution to a mystery that had been plaguing me for a couple of months, that I really couldn't get my hands around until I rinsed out those two shibori batches.  Most of the fabric I use for dyeing is muslin -- because that's what I can afford.  I haven't been too bothered by the fact that muslin doesn't dye as brilliantly as the PFD fabrics, because I prefer muted colors for the most part.  But when I started doing all those dyeing experiments a couple months ago, my results were really disappointing.  I assumed it was the amount of dye I used in my various formulas and/or any number of other variables.  Well what I realized this week -- big DUH here -- is that the last couple of bolts of muslin I used were permanent press!  No wonder the fabric just wouldn't take the dye well.  Sheesh.  Well, lesson learned, mystery solved, new bolt of non-permanent press muslin purchased, and lots of fabric now in my stash for quilt backs!

So now the question is -- do I want to replicate those dye trials with the new fabric?  That remains to be seen...I've got so much on my plate right now, wish I had about eight more hours each day!

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8 comments:

Approachable Art said...

Connie, these rock and I am so excited to see them once you overdye with black, should be quite striking!

laura west kong said...

Oooh they're gorgeous! I especially like the raw silk.

Gerrie said...

That pile of fabric told me that it wants to come to my studio. Just gorgeous.

邱志誠 said...

Practice makes perfect.......................................................

Jan said...

I know you have a vision...so I'm very curious about how these will look in their next incarnation. That said, I have to tell you that I kind of like them as they are!

Nora Ibsen said...

I can't wait to see what they will look like next.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

I like them now so it will be exciting to see what you do with them.

Pamela Price Klebaum said...

Who could think that this color of green could be characterized as 'yummy'?