Friday, January 20, 2006
Here is a batch of my dyed fabrics and I am over the moon with the results. Years ago I bought a small piece of fabric dyed in just these colours and it has been so precious I have only used little pieces of it in various projects. Now all of a sudden I have plenty and not only that, I know which dyes to use to make some more when this is finished. Ironing it all out was so exciting and made a lot of difference to the way it looks.
In between the different processes I got out some synthetic material and used Transfer Dyes. I love working with man-made materials. I know it's not really the done thing and that many people prefer natural fibres, but I find them easy to work with it. They take transfer dyes easily, the colours can be garish and my first attempts a few years ago were horrendous, but it is possible to blend some beautiful colours. Stunning effects can be created with a soldering iron. I hope to do a lot of this type of work soon using Margaret Beal's book.
These samples had a layer of black ironed on top of the first layer to tone them down. I think I will be able to use both these samples.