Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fiber Junkies Oct - Disperse Dyes

Fiber Junkies met recently at Gens for a fun day of experimenting with disperse dyes. We had a quick show and tell; Mary showed us her latest quilt and Gen showed us a number of pages from her beautiful journals but this one intrigued me with plastic wrap painting.

Denny is the real master of this technique and showed us many samples of what you can do. Disperse dyes are dyes painted on papers, allowed to dry and then transferred to polyester fabric. 100% synthetic will ensure the best results. Denny uses them in powder form; they can be mixed with water or alginate. Thickened alginate solution allows you to silkscreen with them or do deconstructive screenprinting, monoprinting etc.
The most fun thing about these dyes is that they can be layered and layered and layered, each time giving a different effect. They leave the fabric soft and do not have to be cured or treated with a mordant such as soda ash.
Denny has made a lot of masks by cutting out silhouettes in magazines. They are so effective when used in this technique.
We cover the ironing board with fabric because of off the edge oops. Using a dry iron (preferably one without holes), and applying gentle pressure, the heat will transfer the color onto the fabric. I especially love doing this technique on sheers. I use a lot of them as overlays.


Here is Gen using fabric crayons which is a form of disperse dyes. She is drawing a design on paper which she will then iron onto a piece of fabric. I used to be a Brownie Leader and one of the crafts we did with the girls was using fabric crayons to transfer a picture to a hankie for their mom for Mothers day or a little pillow which I sewed at home...great fun and easy.
More fabric crayons....

Using a stencil or thickened dyes through a silkscreen (right)
produces the following results. Some might think why not just use a screen and paint or mx dyes...this is just one more way to create imagery on fabric....the Pros - instant gratification without batching or treating the fabric with a mordant beforehand, also the hand of the fabric remains very soft ...and the layering...probably the best technique for this as the transparency of the dye allows other imagery to show through....The Cons...it will only work on synthetic...preferably 100% polyester.
This was made with rubbing plates...

The above left - a freeform drawing on paper. On the right, grass from outside used as a mask.
So here is one of the masks...
laid down on a fabric already printed with a pale purple design (below) and then the above paper laid on top
where the masks of silhouettes of children are removed, the image shows up so sharply
Here is the same mask where it picked up some of the color from a previous paper and then transferred to the fabric when laid down...it was a nice surprise.
The rubbing plate on the left produced the paper made with a crayon used on its side (on the right)

Denny's masks are wonderful...we all got to use them. The Halloween fabric on the right was created by Susan.
So here is one of the best examples of this technique I've seen. There is so much layering and color...Denny's philosophy is when you don't like something...add another layer...seems to work!
A great day...everyone had so much to contribute but special thanks to Denny for bringing all the supplies and fabrics for us to use.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

After the Rain

I recently finished a piece for a show I was to be a part of with my regional SAQA group. Many years ago I painted this fabric using procion dyes. I applied the paint in a splotchy manner on purpose to be used for a technique I was teaching - Shaded Applique. I loved the fabric at first ...then I didn't.

My friend Kate has always been a "rescue-er" of bad fabric and she took it happily with intents of making it better. We were doing painted Shibori and I was looking for a "not so great fabric; she gave this back to me. It was a perfect candidate for this technique. I wrapped the fabric on a wide pipe using string (doesn't matter what kind) and then scrunched it up (photo on right)
I used a textile paint and also Lumiere textile metallic paint which added a shimmer to the edges. After it dried and I removed the strings, it was a nice surprise....I was happy with the results.

I used some bright orange I had in my stash along with some marbled fabric...
put it all together - which is not always easy for me.
I needed something else on the surface and found these printed organza leaves I had made a while back. The white organza did not work. I painted some with orange Dye-na-Flow paint - a watery consistency which leaves the fabric very soft. It also does not diminish the transparency of a sheer fabric such as organza.  I settled on a wash of color which seemed to blend nicely with the background.
Sometimes it's difficult for me to come up with a name for a piece....this time I was lucky...the minute I saw the main background fabric, I thought of a forest after a rainstorm - misty and mysterious - hence the name After the Rain. I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Fiber Junkies - Thickened Dyes

At our most recent meeting of FJ, we decided to work with thickened procion mx dyes....something we hadn't done in a long time. Denny showed us some examples of fabric created with dyes.

A lover of spider webs, Denny showed us a good example of how well you can manipulate dyes into patterns.


As always, Denny brought "half of her studio" supplies to share with the group. She thinks of everything...leaves no stone unturned. She also made handouts of some of the techniques...What would we do without her!
Denny's fabric is always so rich with layering of techniques and color so I decided to document her process....She brought thickened and unthickened dyes in squirt and spray bottles. First step was above right where she squirted thickened dyes in several colors on surface of a piece of muslin treated with soda ash. She then flipped it over and used unthickened dyes to spray the back of the piece. Even though the dyes will permeate the fabric, the back will look very different from the front when done.

Next, on the wrong side, she used a roller to smush the dyes around, then squirted more thickened dyes.
Oh well...would you lookie here....one of those old electric burners...what to do with it. Denny made it into a stamping tool just to give it a little more visual texture.

On left above, another sponge roller...then more dye....
then bubble wrap to blot and squish some more. No one step has a tremendous impact but so many steps used consecutively add up to a very rich looking piece of fabric.
Time to roll up in newsprint and put in a steam bath. These can also be batched...but steaming them cuts the time to process and everyone goes home with non-gooky fabric.
Some of mine...following Denny's process...



Here I used a scraper to create fine lines...
and here a sponge from a home improvement store.
I love silk and procion dyes work well on it so I tried some China silk.


When our fabrics were done, they were placed into a bucket of warm sudsy water. Here is one of Denny's....
Here is a piece of deconstructive screen printed fabric I wasn't thrilled with so painted over it.
I was at the same table as Denny so it seems all my pics were of hers or mine....not sure about this one but think it's Denny's.....Everyone was doing some great stuff...and I apologize for not getting more pictures of the group...next time promise to highlight everyone's work...In the meantime, we have to wait until next month when we'll bring our fabric back for show and tell...
I did get one from Susan that is her colors and I love the results....Sorry to make you wait so long but I assure you, the results will be yummy!