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Dyeing classes for summer 2015-2016

the grass is riz, the lawn needs mowing, but to the studio is where I’m going! Apologies to whoever wrote the old phrase “Spring is sprung, the grass is riz……”

With longer days and warmer temperatures, I’m spending lots of time in my studio dyeing and painting, and I can’t wait for really warm (hot) weather to start up an indigo vat also.

Dates have been set for my dyeing classes (play days for fabriholics) .  If you are interested in any of them, leave a comment below and I’ll send you the list of requirements.

Dyeing workshops – summer 2015–2016.  Second Saturday each month

October 10 – Dyeing day with Procion MX dyes. Using pure primary colours and not-pure primary colours, we will create some stunning bright and pastel neutral shades. Cotton or silk fabrics only.

November 14 – Painting day. Hoping for a sunny day, we will do some sun dyeing, shibori painting, and sun printing using found objects as a resist. Any fabric except wool will work for this.

December 12 – Dyeing with indigo. Explore this ancient method of changing colours. Try various shibori techniques. Works with any fabrics that are light to medium in colour.

January 9 – Create a piece of fabulous art cloth. Explore various methods of transferring designs on to fabric, using rubber stamps, wood blocks, gelli plates, monoprinting, and removing colour from the fabric with discharge paste and/or bleach products.

February 13 – to be decided.

March 12 – long weekend, we may change the date.

All classes are held here in my studio at Flowerpot, 9.30am to 4pm-ish.

Sun dyeing bias tapes

Today was such a lovely sunny day with no rain or cloud forecast, that it was perfect for a sun painting day.

I have a number of black and white fabrics that I’ve wanted to transform for quite a while, and a good friend gave me a roll of white cotton bias tape she had in her stash for a while, and said “do something with this”!

Here’s what I did with the fabric – using some orange and red sun dyes – can’t remember the brand (probably Pebeo sundyes) and the labels were all messy with spills – I painted over a piece of commercial black & white fabric –

Original fabric

Original fabric

Painted fabric #1

Painted fabric #1

I moved the fabric out into the sun to dry.  I had used a lot of paint and saturated the fabric resulting in a lot of wet paint left on the plastic table top, so another piece of fabric placed over the wet paint, design side down, and rubbed to absorb the wet paint.

Fabric #2

Fabric #2

This looked so good, I painted the table top with a bit of left over paint for this piece of fabric

fabric #3

fabric #3

I don’t know how much was on the roll of bias tape, but after taking off about 20 metres, there didn’t look to be much change in its size.

Each of 4 pieces 5 metres long, were soaked in warm water, then spread out on the plastic table cloth.  The day was so warm that they had almost dried before I finished painting.

Bias tape ready for soaking

Bias tape ready for soaking

DSCN6611 painting tape

DSCN6612 painted tape in the sun

Blue-green & blue-purple tapes

Blue-green & blue-purple tapes dry and ready for heat setting

Yellow-orange-pink, and yellow-orange-red, heat-set and ready to be rolled up.

yellow-red tape

yellow-red tape

All done, ironed and rolled, they make a lovely rainbow of colour.

A rainbow of bias tapes

A rainbow of bias tapes

With these lovely bias tapes, all I need is a bright quilt to use them on.  🙂