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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dye Day!

So now that my Tiffany piece is just about finished....I tried to cut binding yesterday but my rotary cutter is dull, dull, dull!  Trimming fiber post cards did it in!!  So it is now time to think of my next piece for the Master's Exhibit.  I know I want to do hand stitching for sure and actually have some patterns in mind.
The artist I selected for my inspiration, is Mary Ann Beckwith, a watercolor artist from Michigan.  But wouldn't you know I didn't bring any fabric that is 'hitting' me to start a piece with.  So, what to do????  Dye a piece or two!
I wanted to work in blues/purples and thank goodness I did bring the right dye with me.  I'm using a Blue Violet MX dye and my fabrics are cotton sateen (on the right) and a white muslin (left). I was going to use the red but decided that's might be used in the next batch!
I scrunched the fabric placing the right side of the sateen down first....I had to think through this just because it's been so long since I've dyed any fabric.  At times, I much prefer the back of my fabric vs the front so I wanted to make sure that the right side of the sateen did get the most color.  We'll see if my thought process works out!

I did add a little more dye on top of the sateen fabric.  I don't want white and figure I could always use pieces of the muslin fabric....I have intentions of using a solid piece of fabric to work on but I might end up doing patchwork...won't know until the fabric is washed!

Tonight dinner out with friends...so I'm going to finish up some cleaning then off to shower.  It's another cool day...well, not for me!  But golfers don't like the high 50's or low 60's and wind!!  We may even have to cover up some plants one or two nights this week!!  Temps are suppose to get low, low, low!!!  Great sleeping weather at least and I do love the days...perfect for dog walking!!

2 comments:

Quilter Beth said...

Oooooo, this looks like SO much fun. I can't wait to see what the fabrics look like. I wish we lived closer; I think we'd have a GREAT time "playing" together!

Createology said...

I do like that blue violet color that is on your fabric. I never dye anything due to the mess...however today I actually dyed an ecru Cashmere sweater. No loss if I ruined it as it had gotten some sort of ugly color all over it when I last wore it. I think I know the culprit skirt. We'll see how it comes out. Your fabrics always turn out gorgeous!