Friday, March 31, 2017


What's your favorite color?  Mine's blue....honestly, I never tire of the color blue.

But yikes, I'm in desperate need to hit the dye pots to replenish my almost depleted inventory.
 Seriously, I had a difficult time pulling together enough fabric for a small art piece.  It's interesting how so many different techniques can still yield fabrics that can work together fairly well.

Utilized here are deconstructed screen printing, traditional indigo dyeing, and ice dyeing.
Many designers advocate working with light, medium, and dark colors.....unfortunately my darks outweigh the other two.  After managing to  eke out an almost pleasing arrangement, it became apparent some areas were simply too dark.  

So, it was with trepidation that a hunk of indigo dyed fabric (right) was taken to the sink along with a bottle of bleach and some Q-tips.(left)  Magic!!  Now the ability to proceed with a better visual flow for my piece would be complete. A few dozen more threads to bury, plus the binding and I'll be able to post a photo.

In the meantime, see what magic other artists have come up with this week:  Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Sarah's Whoop, Whoop Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts


Kathy said...

Can't wait to see this one! I've heard that indigo discharges back to green. I don't do indigo, but I'm interested in your results.

The Inside Stori said...

Kathy brought up a good point.....when we worked rubbing indigo leaves onto fabric.....generally they were green.....and later turned blueish. I'm positive the piece of fabric I used was traditionally dyed in an indigo pot.......yet bleaching it....straight out of the bottle discharged to the white fabric.......a relief since that's what I needed!

The Idaho Beauty said...

I'm such a scaredeecat when it comes to trying something bold like that with "precious" fabric, especially when there's little of it. Breathing that sigh of relief that this worked for you and gave you what you needed.

Robbie said...

WOW...aren't you daring! Never knew you lived on the edge! I wouldn't have thought of using the bleach...great results~

Gwyned Trefethen said...

Nothing ventured; nothing gained. You are one adventurous woman.