I've had one of those weeks when things don't go to plan. Not on the Dyeing front. Thank Goodness!
I've been doing School Holiday Activities for the Council. Its organised by one department and then run out of libraries and community rooms- a different department. Guess what? They don't talk to each other. So I've been dealing with people who don't seem very happy with their jobs. Makes me feel very lucky. On the last day, the activity time was changed from 10am - 12n to 12n - 2 pm. But they forgot to tell me. So I lost a whole day for 2 hours. Hardly seemed worth it.
On the upside, the actual activities and the kids were great fun. Anyway, I'm writing this while I wait for some fabric paint to dry. I finally got around to finishing the cotton skirts with the lace underskirts.
The colours blend more than it seems in the photo.
The suffolk puffs add a nice touch.
This shirt has been ECO DYED, but I don't think the method works very well for multiple motifs. I'll keep trying though as the alternative is stitching which is way too time consuming.
I really liked this man's T-Shirt.
This is the paint that I'm waiting to dry. I mixed up the colour and started stamping. I forgot to add the textile medium. I quickly added the medium then painted over each motif . Hope that's enough. I'm actually making the pants for me so it won't be a complete disaster. I'll post a photo when they're complete. That paint should be dry now.
This post was first published here on 27th September, 2008
Dylon + Braid = Wow!
A little while ago I re-shared 2 posts here and here about refreshing a navy hat with Dylon Dyes. Well the hat had faded again so I decided to dip it again. I didn't have any navy left so I decided to go with Dylon's Velvet Black.
This time the hat came out a little worse for wear. This had absolutely nothing to do with the dye or the process. I'm guessing, just guessing mind you, that it probably has more to do with the fact that this hat is well over 20 years old.
I love this hat so I wasn't gong to let it go easily. I grabbed some braid and hand stitched it onto the brim. Then I grabbed a Dylon fabric pen and ran it over any obvious bare bits and threads. I reckon I'll get another few years out of the old girl yet.
This one is my new favourite colour.
From left to right: Washed Silk, Cotton, Sari Silk. To date this colour has dyed to the most similar shade. Not as much variation across fabrics.
A cotton rich singlet top. I do believe this will be a popular colour.
This post was first published here on 21st November, 2011.
When I finished with the Burlesque Red in this post I decided to do some exhaust dyeing, with a
I dumped a heap of champagne corks into the mix. mmmm????? Problem, they floated on the top.
I needed to find a way to weight them down so they were immersed in the dye. I left them overnight.
Here they are drying. They are more stained with red than dyed a solid colour.
I’m quite happy with the way they turned out. I actually had a reason for trying this, there is a project floating around in the back of my brain somewhere. Stay tuned. More to come.
This post was first published here on 7th November, 2011.
Great name for a lovely colour.
The feather on the front cover is a good representation of the colour but as usual there is some variations due to fabric and weave.
The top left fabric is cotton, the bottom left is washed silk and the fabric on the far right is sari silk.
This t-shirt was cotton rich with 5% Viscose. I also did some exhaust dyeing with a difference. Will share the photos when project is finished.
This post was first published here on 4th November, 2011.
I received an email from a reader who told me how she wanted some hot pink and black fabric for a quilt. Unfortunately she was unable to find a commercial fabric so she bought some black and white fabric and pink Dylon dye. Well naturally I was curious.
I bought some black and white fabric. Washed it well to remove sizing.
Mixed up some of Dylon’s Amazon Green. There was quite a lot of fabric in this bucket, certainly more than 250g. I needed to be very diligent about moving the fabric to ensure even dyeing.
Now this has got me thinking. I have another project forming in my mind. This could keep me out of mischief for quite a while.
PS: when I first wrote this I could not for the life of me remember who it was who told me about this. Was it one of my buddies from the many forums I'm a member of, maybe a twitter follower? It was in fact Eileen Lau a FB friend. Thanks for the tip Eileen.
This post was first published here on 31st October, 2011.
French Lavender was my next choice to try out the new Dylon colours.
As usual I set out to dye a piece of cotton, washed silk and sari silk. I also dyed a cotton t-shirt. But first the fabric.
The cotton is on the left. And yes for all you eagle eyes there are only 2 pieces not 3. I prepared the third piece, sari silk, then completely missed it when immersing the fabric in the dye bath. It lives to dye another day.
An interesting problem with the t-shirt. As soon as I immersed it into the dye I could see a small blue particle of dye that hadn’t dissolved properly go and attach it self to the shoulder. The instructions on the pack say to mix well, I would recommend mixing very well. See what I do to the t-shirt tomorrow.
This post was first published here on 11th October, 2011
This is Dylon’s new Antique Grey. This t-shirt was originally white. You can really notice the difference between the silk and the cotton t.
p.s. I’ve been practicing my photoshop skills with my new glasses. Think I was doing better without them.
This post was first published here on 3rd October, 2011.
I was really excited about trying Dylon’s new Antique Grey and I wasn’t disappointed.
I dyed 3 pieces of fabric, cotton, washed silk and a sari silk.
The cotton is a real pewter shade of grey which is what I expected. The Washed Silk has a very distinct muted purple hue, very pretty. The Sari Silk is a much lighter shade of the purple. In the dye bath I also dyed a cotton t-shirt, making the total weight of fabric dyed just under the recommended 250g.
Thinking I will try the French Lavender next.
This post was first published here on 12th September, 2011.
Last week I was gifted a complete roll of brushed cotton. The lady who gave it to me is hoping I can give her some ideas on using it, she has another four rolls at home.
Where to start? Hmmmm? I decided that I would add some colour.
I washed and prepared 2 x 3 metre lengths. One I scrunched, the other I twisted.
I then poured Dylon's Dark Green Dye over both pieces.
When used according to the direction this is the depth of colour you get.
This is the result you get when you deliberately choose to use the product against instruction. This will be a good background to add some more surface design. I'll post progress pictures as I go.
This post was first published here on 2nd August 2011.