Friday, August 9, 2013

Dyeing Workshop

My FiberWorks group occasionally has a member share a skill.  In the past members have demonstrated Kumihimo braiding with fiber and then beads, ice dyeing and felting.  These were to be held at the Brookfield Craft Center, but alas, the Center has closed, much to our dismay.  I said that I would teach the dyeing in my garage, not the optimal place, but Beth graciously offered her huge unfinished basement.  It is a walkout with a big glass sliding door and two big windows, so the light was good and she supplemented it with plenty of overhead lights.
I am kicking myself that I didn't take pictures and neither did anyone else.  I meant to and so did Gwen, but we both got so busy that we just forgot, so allI can show is my samples.

Olive Green

Deep Purple
First we did a six-way single color gradation.  I use the zip-lock bag method ala Adriene Buffington's book, Hand-Dyed Fabrics Made Easy.  It is the book I used to teach myself to dye many years ago and it has been my bible.  I encouraged all the gals to buy it if they continue to dye and Gwen already did.  She has so many useful tips and her method really is so easy and not very messy.

Next I showed them how to do a two-color mix.  For my sample I used Sun Yellow and Turquoise.  Only Jamie chose this combination.  Everyone else did their own thing and I am anxious to see the results next week when all promised to bring them to the meeting.

Everyone agreed that it was fun day and even those who said they had no interest in fabric dyeing are hooked.

I am linking this blog to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Fridays", so go over and see what everyone else is doing.


landscapelady said...

Pardon me while I wipe the drool off my computer screen - your hand dyes are gorgeous !! Lol! And what fun to have friends to dye with ;-)

Regina B Dunn said...

Beautiful results. Any plans for them?

LA Paylor said...

Umm, I believe Norma plans to send them to ME, (hope, hope) Sure wish I was close enough to come do dye play with you and your group.
LeeAnna Paylor

Norma Schlager said...

I will just add them to my stash. (Sorry, LeeAnna). I use my hand-dyes almost exclusively in my quilts these days, so they won't go to waste. As for the greens, I never have enough and have a huge all green quilt in the works.

Sherri D said...

mmmmmmmm candy! Eye candy that is. :) Dying is not for me, but I sure enjoy seeing what others can do with fabric!

Madalene Axford Murphy said...

These will be great additions to your stash! Love those brown tones in the olive green--and just love the purple!

Gwyned Trefethen said...

Luscious! Of course I expect that from you, Norma.

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