Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ice Dyeing Retreat Pt. 2

Here are some of the results from my ice dyeing...It was nice to experiment with different fabrics.
The above is challis on left and a blend of silk and cotton on the right. The silk/cotton had a nice sheen to it and took the dye beautifully.
I also took advantage of the situation and made scarves which I have in 3 stores so always in need of extra inventory. Below, the one on the left is the mercerized, broadcloth cotton. The process of mercerization is the treatment of cotton with a caustic soda solution to give it strength, luster and more receptive to dyes. I've done experiments using different cottons in the same batch of ice dyeing and mercerized is always the brighter, more intense color. Maybe that's not for everyone but I love the look. On the right (below) is Hoffman batik for dyeing - very nice color.
This is another piece of mercerized cotton....

and more fabric - mixed...
I did label some of the fabrics with the dye combos I used; sometimes it's useful if you want to repeat. I usually like to have a more serendipitous approach to this technique. With scarves I do like to keep tract of color combos for the purpose of selling.

More samples on silk and cotton....

I was mostly happy with my scarves although some I can see scrunching up and putting in a stocking to overdye...like the beige on the left...not too pretty. The yellow is crazy bright and I might want to tone that down a bit.
This is such a fun technique with usually good results and if not...there's always the next time when you can overdye it.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ice Dyeing Retreat Pt. 1

A small group of gals from the Mountain Art Quilters - a satelite group from the international group of SAQA got together for some ice dyeing. Everyone brought lots of supplies which included procion mx dyes, soda ash and fabric.
Oddly enough, we all brought different blues, greens etc so sharing provided so many choices. Tables were set up close by for easy access.
Risers were used to give us a more comfortable height to work with. Trays with screens on top were put in place, ready for the first step - white fabric and ice.
I can't help but laugh when I look at these tables, envisioning them to come alive and start walking...like something from an old time horror movie - "Revenge of the Tables".
Okay...back on track...first step is to place scrunched up fabric which has been soaked in a soda ash solution on top of the screen and then covered with a layer of ice. I forgot to take a picture of the white fabric but you can see a bit of it peeking out. Make sure all of the fabric is covered.
Next step is to sprinkle procion mx dye on top of the ice. I like to use around 3 colors. You can see the dye is distributed in a "polka dot" like fashion, allowing each dye its own place on the ice. Dyes should melt into each other by touching.
Here the ice is completely covered with dye. As the ice melts, the dye strikes the fabric. Since the ice melts at different rates, you get a crystal like effect on the fabric.

The ice and fabric are covered with black plastic and clipped all around. 
Sometimes I like to repeat a color combo especially when I make scarves so I thought to photograph the jars of dye with names on front for each batch....now to figure out which batch belongs to which dyes...harder than you would think.
Even in warm weather, which it was....very.....the ice can take hours and hours to melt and you want at least 4-5 hours for the dyes to batch...well, the big reveal is certainly the best part.
We all used different fabrics which can creat different looks. Procion mx dyes work on all natural fibers. I used mostly a mercerized broadcloth cotton which I like the best. I also found in my stash a cotton/silk blend (60/40) which was a nice surprise and it dyed well...We had some rayon challis, Hoffman batik for dyeing, gauze, silk scarves and felt. This is also a good method for overdyeing fabrics you don't like...even prints.
We did one tray of all blues...
and rusts and reds....
This was our black, gray and Havana brown tray...amazing the way some of the colors split.
The blues and yellows
very vibrant...
We had 3 different clotheslines going....and a breezy, sunny day so the weather was perfect.
We also did some acid dyeing which only works on animal fiber - silk and wool..
and the color is brilliant as you can see.
These particular pieces of felt were clamped and resisted with objects to give white areas.
Scarves for personal use and for my Woolworth booth....Pt.2 coming soon with my fabrics washed and ironed...We had a large variety....and such a fun day!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Indigo and Shibori Pt. 2

So my internet has been down for several days and my sharing of results have been delayed. After our fun day of Indigo dyeing, I had 2 luscious pots of dye still very useable and the following day free and clear + sunshine...so what does that suggest to you.....Yup....my own personal day of working with Indigo....not as much fun as being with the girls, but fun still the same.
Here's the first batch, hanging to dry....I was hunting for all sorts of things to use......Luckily many friends over the years have given me old white linens; I also went into my bins of hand dyes and do-overs....all did well ......so here's my show and tell....bottom left - a scarf blank I got years ago created with the Devore technique and ready for dyeing. The fabric, in order to use the Devore technique has to be a blended fabric of rayon and silk. The chemical will burn away the rayon velvet and leave the silk behind. Patterning is done on velvet (dark), those areas that are obvious were not treated with chemical...Light silk areas were. On right, I had a piece of dyed rayon, not too pretty so it was folded and dipped...I like it better now.


I have always loved silk and have rolls of it on hand in every type...Above is crepe du Chine, noil. and silk broadcloth - all very successful but different depths of color.

On left, folded and clipped with a clothespin, on right a variety of folding and crimping techniques
The piece above was resisted using long wood screws; the screw was placed inside the fabric, string wrapped around starting at head of screw and going all the way down..an interesting effect. Below, this may be my favorite piece. I started with an unsuccessful piece of brown hand dyed fabric, folded and clamped it with CD discs. I loved the effect it achieved. With this technique as with so many in surface design, you never know what to expect which is part of the fun. Even if you get an "ugly", there will always be something else you can do to it.

The 2 above, left - fabric clamped with old fashion curlers. On right, corks were placed in different areas and fabric wrapped around and tied. On bottom, left - fabric loosely placed inside of a stocking to achieve varying degrees of color - done on a silk crepe. The fabric on right had already been dyed years before and needed a lift so I folded and clamped it to create some darker areas.

Above, another brown piece, folded and clamped. Brown seems to do pretty well with Indigo...a nice marriage of colors.

On left, another wrapping of corks or buttons, on right - far right a piece of tone on tone pink silk and to the left a piece of hand dyed rayon from a friend. It was a large piece and thought I could spare a small amount to try Indigo on...loved ithe results.
This piece of mercerized cotton was scrunched and put in a stocking. I wanted a lot of white areas. Below...both the same fabric but one on left is true color, the one on right got washed out somehow. I wanted to show the amazing texture...It's a China silk which has been crinkled and fused to a backing gauze. It is bulky but beautiful; it has been hand washed several times, doesn't need to be ironed...almost afraid I would lose the crinkles...
A fun day was had by all.....(me ( - : )