Normally, my preference is to show the process and conclusion of a project in one post, assuming that doesn't get overwhelming. But, because of all the steps involved, I'm breaking up this 'story' into several posts.
It all began with a piece of garment quality white wool. I love working with felted wool, but as is often the case with dress goods, it wouldn't felt. I had a lot of this fabric so I decided to work with it anyway.
The first step was to ice dye it.....but as seen in this photo......it's rather dull. So when two friends and I were playing with acrylic paint, I wrapped it onto a large pvc pipe.
And painted the folds using a foam brush. (My buddy Judy Simmons can be seen in the background painting one of her pieces.)
......Hummmm.....it's still ugly!
Several months later the Fiber Junkies spent a day experimenting with microwave ice-dyeing....so I overdyed it. Good grief....it's still homely.
Time passed and the Fiber Junkies met again for a mono-printing day. I was doing a happy dance after transforming the fabric by applying numerous layers of thinned acrylic paint with the aid of several really interesting stencils a member shared.
Trust me....it's so much better in person. The challenges are that it is far darker than it appears in the photo and has a VERY BUSY appearance.
With that said......after picking it up a dozen times and replacing it, I now have a plan that hopefully will be successful. Check back....won't you?