Leanne asked me how I dyed these fabrics. I used Procion MX dyes and most of the fabric I had soaked in soda ash and dried last week, to help the dyes be more concentrated and hopefully stronger colours. I usually just soak them on the day and add the dyes to the wet fabric but I was preparing the fabric for screenprinting so I decided to do extra. I pleated them in the cat litter trays and sort of scrunched up the ends so they fitted. Then I prepared the dye solutions and chucked them over the fabric… I moved it round a bit to mingle the colours… then I left it for 24 hours to cure.
Here are some more. I had some blue dye left over from doing some stamping and rolling dyes on fabric (I’ll take a photo of that one later) so I just chucked it in a jam jar, pushed in some fabric and chucked some more dye on top. Here is the result. It’s darker than the photo.
While I was doing the cat litter dyeing, I thought there was rather a lot of dye sloshing around the bottom so I chucked in some silk which I had bought in France a couple of years ago at this brilliant Asian (I think) fabric shop with really cheap fabrics. I was a bit sceptical that it was actually silk because it was so cheap, and a lot of those fabrics are described as silk but are actually polyester, but this one definitely was! I didn’t even add any soda ash so it obviously had enough dissolved in the dye solution from the fabric already in there.
I also had some scrim which I bought from the Art Van Go stall at Quilts UK last year, so I put that in another cat litter tray with a couple of other pieces. It has taken the dye really well.
I did the screenprinting today. I’m going to leave the fabric 3 days or so to cure (unless I can’t wait that long!) to give the dyes plenty of time to do whatever they do as it is not terribly warm here. I’m hooked! I wish I had a proper huge studio with a sink and an outside and eternal sunshine! (one can dream!!). There I was this afternoon, washing red dye off the screen in the back garden with the garden hose…. goodness knows what the neighbours thought. (“Who’s she murdered now???”)