Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It's time to do some dyeing...

I started to dig out some fabrics to start work on my exhibition peices, but have found that whilst I have some great colours, there is just not enough of any of them.

Our theme is Autumn and I'm thinking of working with some gorgeous rich autumn colours - oranges, yellows, reds, burgandy, deep purples, maroons, browns and cool olive-y greens. I have these types of colours in the cupboard, but I need more and some bigger peices too.

I'm thinking of working with a range of fabrics including:

  • flanelettes - because these take colour so richly and portray a warm which fits the theme well (warm days, cooler nights)
  • Silks - again because they take colour so well and look bright and colourful. They also have a lovely sheen
  • Cottons (Calico (Muslin in the US) or Quilters cotton - for their crispness.
  • crinkle/crepe cotton - I have dyed some of this before and they came up really well
  • Muslin (as it's known in Australian and the UK too I think) - this is a loosely woven gauze-like fabric and is good for overlaying/shaddowy effects.

I'm going to do some controlled colour ranges (so that I might be able to replicate the colour should I need to) as well as some colour gradations. I'm also thinking of doing some fabric painting as well as they usual dip/vat dyeing (probably with plastic bags). Painting in the sense that I choose where to put colour and control it to an extent - not as in painting pictures.

Here are some pictures of some dyeing that I did some time ago but that is similar to what I'm thinking of doing.

Colour triangle - with puree colour in each corner and combinations of the three colours in every other piece.

Sunday's dyeing2

This is what I mean by painting...
Dyeing day 2

Now I just have to make it happen.


DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

I am looking forward to seeing how your fabrics turn out.

jude said...

this looks wonderfully messy!

Sophie said...

Messy it was but the results were worth it!

Nicky said...

Looks like you were having a lot of fun! :-))