Ugly fabric?

How do you describe ugly fabric? for me it’s one that is just not my cup of tea, and needs a bit of sweetening to make it easier to look at.  What about you, do you have a piece or several pieces that no longer speak to you and you don’t know what to do with them?  Have you tried to use these fabrics as “practice” pieces when trying out new tech niques with stamping, dyeing, painting, stitching, deconstructing, etc ?  then found that you like the finished piece because the background is now quite interesting?  I have on a number of occasions.

Which is why, when I read about an ugly fabric challenge, I responded straight away.

Everyone in the group would receive a piece of fabric, which the owner didn’t like or want anymore, and has 3 months to do things to this fabric – no limit to the number of techniques used but some over-dyeing (using MX dyes) to be done if the piece had not already been hand-dyed.  Only rule to be that photos and descriptions of techniques to be posted on the group’s website.

My piece arrived yesterday and at first I was delighted with what I found in the packet, then dismayed when I realised I would have to change something that is totally me and purple – so much so that my family thought I had been the dyer.

Not ugly purple fabric

After having it hang for 24 hours, I am now looking at it differently, trying to visualise what I can do to change it.  I thing I will discharge some of the deep colour first with de-colourant, but I will need to think long and hard about the design before I attempt anything – there’s no going back once started on that course.

I’ll keep you posted



4 responses to “Ugly fabric?

  1. can you say it got lost somewhere and get another… I love it! can’t wait to see what you do with it. 🙂


  2. No, I have already posted a pic on the group’s list. 🙂


  3. I agree- It’s not UGLY at all – Obviously needs a home for someone who likes purple. Maybe it just needs ‘stroking’ from someone like you who appreciates it just as it is! Lauree


  4. Deciding what to do is the hardest part, and I think I know what the first step will be, when I get back to my studio.