|Five step colour gradation from yellow, to fuchsia.|
Because I can easily mix secondary and tertiary colours, I only buy primary die powders. I also have brown, a couple of other earth tones, and black.
Normally I would dye larger pieces (at least a fat quarter), but for this session I wanted smaller ones. I can rip a metre of muslin into 9 equal(ish) pieces measuring roughly 12.5 x 14 inches.
Yes, I've used both metric and imperial measurements...welcome to quilting in Canada! ;)
Working with small pieces allows experimentation without pressure. If things go well, the pieces are big enough to use. If things go off the rails (a distinct possibility!), it's no big loss.
|Washed to remove manufacturing chemicals, dried (NO fabric softener), and then ripped to size.|
|Fabric soaking in soda ash solution.|
1/2 cup soda ash to a gallon of water.
Memba tie dye?
I happily tied, scrunched, crumpled, swirled, pleated, folded, and twisted fabric in preparation for dyeing.
Some pieces went into baggies or Styrofoam cups to keep them compressed. Compression helps create more texture because the dye cannot penetrate the fabric evenly.
Pieces that would hold their shape in a bucket or on a tray were dyed in place. I used very little dye solution (low immersion), so I covered the dyed fabric with plastic wrap to keep things moist.
Results are more predictable if you understand how colours mix, but serendipity plays a huge role once the dye is added. It's fun to sling the dye around and see what happens!
|Bound with rubber bands & dyed with yellow and fuchsia.|
|Pleated, folded in half, and possibly twisted. Dyed with yellow and brown.|
Does anyone else see trees?
|Swirled on a tray and dyed with turquoise and fuchsia.|
|Folded and compressed with flat objects. Dyed with yellow and fuchsia.|
|Pleated and folded in half. Dyed with turquoise, yellow, and brown.|
|More pleating...obviously one of my favourite things to do. I mixed an orange from yellow and fuchsia.|
Dyed with orange and brown.
|"Parfait" dyed in a cup|
Dyed with yellow and turquoise.
|Tightly folded and secured with rubber bands.|
Turquoise dye at half strength (I added more water to my dye mix).
|Scrunched in a cup (I love the texture!). Fuchsia dye at half strength.|
I meant to take more "in progress" photos but, once the rubber gloves are on, it's hard to remember to pause and shoot.
Between rounds of dye, the apples needed picking...
...and several of these needed to be made and frozen.
My garden is always demanding attention, too. I've been busy watering, weeding, hacking down overgrown shrubs, and making huge pots of soup with homegrown vegetables. Yum!
Yesterday I visited my lonely longarm for a quick hug and kiss. Soon we will be back together. Summer in the north is fleeting so I'm making the most of it, but I sure do miss quilting!
I think this one will be up next:
Does anyone else find it challenging to quilt in the summer, or is it just me???
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Show and Tell Tuesday, at i have to say
Linky Tuesday, at Freemotion by the River
Let's Bee Social, at Sew Fresh Quilts
I Quilt Thursdays, at Pretty Bobbins
Try, Learn, Grow!
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