Hand-Dyed Fabric Day
I spent today outdoors having fun in a friend’s garden – not gardening, not just admiring her wonderful magical space, but playing with hand dyeing fabrics. We use soy resist, ice dyeing, sun printing and a variety of other dye techniques.
I’ve washed my hand-dyed fabric pieces since coming home and have a pleasing assortment to work with. I have a good batik-like resist that I hope to further develop with paint and inks, a number of great ‘sky’ pieces and one lovely black and white from a different type of fabric – all coming from the same dye solution! The black must have had a blue base as most of my pieces became a lovely faded denim colour when washed. My sun-print has some potential and the ice-cube piece is a lovely turquoise with hints of green – not what I expected but lovely. One piece I have yet to see. It went home with a friend who sprinkled the dye directly on the fabric and then layered my piece with hers. I can’t wait to see it!
The best part of all is the fun of getting together with friends to play! Don’t you love the colours just out of the dye bath?