Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
Fabric dyer's tip:
Always have some supplies on hand, so when the mood strikes, you can have some fun!
This time, I cut some fat quarters of PFD fabric, gathered some dye recipes to make some rich, fall colors and tried some "new-to-me" fabric manipulations to achieve some different effects.
Here's what I came up with:
To get the rings, I used some left over rubber bands (very tiny!) from when
my son had braces and tied them around bb's.
For the fan, I rolled the fat quarter at an angle and then tied off sections
with the same itty bitty rubber bands.
To get some nice veining, (which may not be very visible in the picture...sorry about that), I soaked the PFD fabric and scrunched it up. I let it sit for a while, as I tended to the others and then put it in a low water immersion dye bath.
I repeated the veining process with the haystack dye, and in a way,
it almost looks like leather or suede.
For the cobalt grid, I fan-folded the fat quarters and tied them off in sections with the rubber bands and dipped them in the dye. For the record, I was actually a little disappointed with the color on this. I was aiming for a rich purple, but it just goes to show that
the dyeing process can be unpredictable. I got it over it though. :)
The color is still cool and depending on what it is next too, the purple does pop out.
So, I know what you're thinking.
"What is she going to make with those?"
I don't know! :)
I did give some to a crafting friend as a part of her birthday present,
but as for the rest, I'm not sure yet
But isn't that half the fun? :)
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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