Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
Since moving to Colorado, I have had the opportunity to meet with fellow fiber
artists in a regional SAQA group once a month. We share ideas, give critiques, encourage and help each other pursue our creative endeavors.
This month, I offered to teach a technique that you might have seen on my blog
if you've been reading a while: Kool-Aid Dyeing.
We experimented with all sorts of fibers (even some that we didn't know what the fiber content was!)
and we combined mixing with some over-dyeing to see what kind of results we could get.
Any animal protein fiber works well with this technique, including wool, goat, alpaca, and even silk! Plant based and man-made fibers (cottons, polyester, etc.) may tint with the Kool-Aid or resist it altogether, so this technique is also a great way to "test" your fiber content.
Good results are easy to achieve, vibrant and deliciously fragrant!
And the best part?
This dyeing technique is safe!
Safe for yourself, safe to try with kids, safe for pets and safe for your pipes!
With so many chemical options available, it's nice to have an alternative that's affordable too!
I'd love to see what you come up with too!
Coming from Texas, Fall didn't always feel like Fall. Leaves don't always change color and if they do, it may not be until Christmas! If you have ever lived there, or have relatives that do,
you'll know exactly what I mean!
Up here, in Colorado, it's a whole different story:
Not too long ago, I did some basic thread sketching.
I grabbed what I had on hand to use as a base, (a double layer of Sulky Cut-Away Plus),
a pencil, some Sulky threads and got to it.
I definitely didn't over think it.
That's the key here.
Don't. Over. Think. It.
First, I sketched some mountain outlines with my pencil.
Next, I started free motion stitching. Nothing fancy. Just back and forth across the square.
I started with a darker blue Blendable for the center mountain.
(Objects that are closer, always appear darker.)
Then I stitched the other two mountains in a lighter, more purple, Blendable shade.
I was envisioning a brilliant sunset over the mountains, so I stitched with a bright yellow Blendable
right over the mountain tops. Gradually, I layered in some oranges and reds.
You'll notice that I didn't stitch in perfectly straight lines and that there are some gaps.
That really was on purpose!
I wanted it to be difficult to tell where one thread stopped and another started.
I finished it off with a dark red Blendable and a solid charcoal black.
I decided not to do any outlining and to just let the colors do the work.
In total, it probably took me about 20-30 minutes and measures approximately 3 x 3".
It's a little rough, but I like it.
Every time I sit down and stitch, even if it's just for a few minutes,
time slows down, and I learn something!
Never. Stop. Learning.
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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