Tag Archives | Dyeing

Decluttering the printing surface

the piles of junk on my worktable - before pic

Ick! What a mess!

I thought I’d share a few pics of my workroom.  This is what my printing table normally looks like.   As though an art supply shop had vomited all over it.  With some haberdashery chucked in for good measure.

messy worktable

Hmm, a bit messy, eh?

Every so often I have to have a good clear out or it gets too much to create anything there, it seems to mess up my head as well.

stripped back to the bare bones

One afternoon I decided to clear everything off and put the dropcloth in the washing machine.  This is what the print table looks like underneath all that clutter.  Wow, wish it looked like this all the time!

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I have a large piece of MDF laid on top of the table, and a piece of carpet underlay over that, which creates the soft surface for printing.

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Here is the table with a clean dropcloth on top, bearing the dyeing marks from a previous printing session or ten!

Wish I could say it still looks like that now, but unfortunately it is more like the top photo again… that clean table top lasted less than a day.  But it definitely unleashed some creativity…

Printing and Ice Dyeing

Here are the remaining pieces of fabric created by my recent mark making session:

yellow and red dyed fabric

I can’t quite remember what I did for this but I think I squeezed thin red dye solution from a squeezy bottle and then sprayed the yellow thin dye solution before  the red had chance to dry.

red, yellow and black dyed fabric

For this I squeezed lines of thick black dye paint on to white fabric and then sprayed yellow and red dye solution over it while it was still wet so it blended a bit around the edges of the black but not quite as much as the previous fabric.

black fabric scraped with card

This is another of my black scraped fabric.  I think it looks like rock formations.

The rest of the fabric on this page was dyed a couple of months ago.  In January we had the only cold spell of the winter and for a couple of nights, the temperatures went down to about minus 10.  There are several buckets sitting on our patio and they had filled with water from the copious rain we had had, and these had forced nice thick ice circles!  I decided to take these upstairs to my studio and play around with them and a load of dye.  Well, I did come to regret it – despite putting plenty of plastic in and around the area the ice melted faster than I expected and I had various coloured leaks to deal with… But some of the effects were definitely worth it such as the one above.  I did end up dyeing a lot more fabric than expected, mainly to mop up the drips, and these were in a good varied value range.  Below is one of them – on my last visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show I bought some mixed white Egyptian cotton fabric bundles from Empress Mills, mostly in long thin strips (some even thinner than this one) so most of these came in handy.

neutral coloured fabric

A couple more detail shots of the ice effects:

ice dyed fabric green, blue and orange

ice dyed fabric, blue and red/pink

strips of ice dyed fabric - orange, yellow/green/blue and browny grey

Hope you enjoy the varied spectrum of colours on this post!!

Archi-texture

That was the latest challenge theme for the International Quilt Challenge and you can see my interpretation of it here.

Liz's piece for the archi-texture theme

I’m sorry I’ve been a bit absent recently but I have been doing a lot, honest!   I think that I’m going through a natural, if long, quiet spell where I’m reading a lot and not saying much, but I’m sure that will change eventually!  I’ve been doing a lot of dyeing and printing and have taken a pile of photos today.  Here is one to whet your appetite…

drying dyed fabric

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