At the most recent girlfriend ice-dyeing gathering, I overdyed some cotton prints that no longer interested me. Naturally a 'before' photo of the pale blue print with white stars didn't occur to me at the time.These two after photo show the bizarre results....each side of the fabric was completely different than the other and we are still puzzled how/why that happened. The color and pattern on this - the wrong side of the print - was successful.
I considered this one - the right side - to be a mess. Some sections along the edges (not shown) were only spot dyed.However, those barely dyed sections were brought to another Fiber Junkies meeting where we printed with thickened dyes/textile paints/and generally just played with our failed fabrics. The two leaf prints above were made that day.... At home I pinned them to my design wall where they were forgotten for a long time.
As I was gathering handwork projects to do while hospital sitting, they yelled out loud....pick me, pick me. Scooping them off the wall, carrying to the closet where I store my altered cloth.....suddenly that ugly yellow ice over-dyed fabric, caught my eye. The rest as they say is history.
There actually wasn't a whole lot of handwork on the piece, though I had originally planned to hand embroider the background. The busy ice-dyed fabric needed more texture and definition so it was machine quilted instead.
SUN DAPPLED 20" x 14.5"
Ice-dyed & eco-printed cotton, hand embroidered, machine quilted.
Get inspired by viewing what other artists have been up to this week: Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday, Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts.