Tuesday, May 25, 2010

More Fabric Dyeing!

I'm working on a very large art quilt that requires a wide array of special fabrics. As you recall, I bought 10 pieces of Ricky Tims' hand dyed fabric at the seminar a few weeks ago, but I still didn't have two pieces I needed for this quilt. One was the sky, which I dyed last week, and another was gray fabric to make a stone wall.

So this morning I dyed a yard of my handy dandy Kona cotton (which I buy by the bolt). I used a combination of Tsukineko alcohol-based ink in Cool Grey, Adirondak alcohol-based ink in Butterscotch (neither of which is actually a fabric dye, but in my experience they are colorfast when treated properly), and finally Pebeo Setacolor in Black. The cool effect that you see was caused by using a LOT of large-crystal salt as explained below.

Here is what I did:
  1. I washed the Kona cotton with Synthrapol to prepare it for dyeing, then I splotched the two inks all over. That created a sort of pastel gray base. 
  2. Then I splotched (I think that's a technical term!) the Setacolor paint all over and squished it all around. 
  3. I laid the fabric on the lawn outside in the sun and sprinkled a LOT of salt all over it. 
  4. After it dried I washed it in Synthrapol again, and dried it on hot.

After I ironed the fabric, I cut it into strips and then created a sort of brick effect. Each "brick" is 5 x 2 finished. I think my stone wall turned out absolutely perfectly. What do you think? (I'm not showing it on the quilt in progress because I want to do a Big Reveal when that quilt is done.


1 comment:

  1. I think it is way cool! You need something, you make it. Go Ruthann!! Tami