Monday, April 4, 2011
My goal was a stack of already-dyed fabrics awaiting their next treatment. Everytime I dye or otherwise do a first layer of surface design on fabric, I end up with several pieces just begging for more work. Sometimes more work helps, sometimes not. I'm getting more selective about which ones will get 2nd, 3rd and maybe 4th layers, because sometimes the original piece is just plain ugly and I've learned that ugly fabric in usually just creates ugly fabric out, after all is said and done.
I also work with small pieces of fabric quite often, maybe a half fat quarter or smaller, a piece leftover from some other project. It's a good way to experiment, also a great way to recycle my own fabric.
The pieces you see here were either soy wax batiked first and then painted with thiox discharge paste, or just discharged with the paste, no wax involved.
The reddish piece is raw silk that was shiboried in a black bath -- black fiber reactive dyes will often turn red on silk -- then waxed and discharged yesterday.
Sunday was gorgeous weatherwise. We had partial sun this morning, but now it's clouding up again. There's a chance of rain in the forecast for the rest of the week. I am SO ready for spring...