Its just gone 5pm on a Friday afternoon. I'm still waiting for fabric to dry.
It's hanging on the line and I'm hanging on hoping we don't get hit with another summer storm.
In between storms I have managed to get some dyeing and drying done. These are some silk scarves.
And I dyed this shirt for a customer. The colours were just what she was after.
When I went to iron it I discovered this hole. I've never had a dud one before from my supplier. I'll check them in future. Being one to turn failures into opportunities I've been playing around with options.
The colours of the suffolk puffs are wrong but I don't mind the look. I'm dyeing some silk as I write. Lucky the shirt is my size.
And to finish on a sweet note; I had just had a young couple come in a want to buy matching heart braided bracelets. they chose the purple and green (second & sixth from your right). Young love's grand, isn't it?
This post was first published here on 5th December, 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.
Paper Crafts for Children
“Mum, we’re bored.” Have you heard this already these school holidays? Don’t panic here are a few more inexpensive craft activities that should keep the kids occupied for a little while. You might even make some and use in your own craft projects.
Double Dip Delight
You will need:
Variety of Different Paper. Images are paper towel; use normal photocopy paper, watercolour. Even newspaper works.
Acrylic Paints or Food
Containers for colours
Method: Squeeze paint into containers. Add water to the acrylic paint until its very runny. Fold paper into
small shapes; squares, diagonals, etc. Dip 1 corner into a colour very briefly, in and out quickly. Dip another corner into another colour. Refold the paper and continue dipping until the paper is completely coloured. Leave to dry. Do not try and unfold while wet. The paper is very fragile and will tear. As an
alternative to folding you can crumple the paper before dipping. Paper can framed, used in gift cards or scrapbook projects.
You will need: Corrugated cardboard, can be
purchased from a bargain shop or recycle an old cardboard box.
Water Spray bottle
Method: Draw the outline of a shape onto the corrugated cardboard. The kids colouring books are great for inspiration. Cut out this shape. Using the spray bottle mist water over the white paper. Don’t make it too wet or it will tear. Lay the cardboard shape flat and then place the wet paper on top. Using your finger, gently push the paper into the edge of the cardboard. Now place layers of paper towel on top. This
will absorb excess water. Weight with a heavy object until dry. Once dry the finished embossed artwork can be painted.
This post was first published here on 30th September, 2007.
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.
I was a little disappointed with the blotch of dye on my t-shirt yesterday.
The disappointment didn’t last too long when realised that this was an excuse to play.
I dug out an flower stamp and fabric paints and started printing happy flowers randomly over the top. The ‘stamps’ are mdf cut outs bought from a hardware shop. I coated them with PVA glue before using them as a stamp the first time. This was to stop the paint absorbing into the mdf, you just need to wipe them clean when you are finished.
I also added some gold paint which I applied with a dry brush. A few beads to finish I will be done..maybe.
This post was first published here on 12th 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.