Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My First Experience in Dyeing/Shibori

Yesterday was a "play day" for me and a friend. We wrapped fabric around poles then dyed it, twisted fabric upon itself and dyed it, rolled and scrunched fabric and dyed it, and I painted fabric with dye. A picture of my day's work is at the bottom of this post.

In this next picture I started with one of the flour-paste resist pieces I did awhile back (See http://quilterbeth.blogspot.com/2010/08/play-day-pictures-flour-paste-resist.html. This piece is the bottom piece pictured in the earlier post.) I used the dyes I had mixed and painted onto the fabric with a silicone pastery brush. I used an orangy-yellow, green, and red.
This is how the piece turned out after it was rinsed, laundered, and ironed. I don't know where the green went! Okay, what do you think I should do with it now?
Since I signed up for the technique blog ("And Then We Set It On Fire") I've tried some things that are new for me, and I'm learning a lot.
If you'd like to see pictures of the shibori pieces (and explanations of how it was done), please head on over to the "And Then We Set It On Fire" blog. Shibori is the technique of the month. Click the "And Then We Set It On Fire" icon at the top right of this post.

I'm having SO much fun, and you can too. Try the technique of the month with me.

If you are a reader of my blog, you know that I've had a thing with birds this whole past year. Well, I took some more pics.

I just love cardinals. They seem to like the sunflower seeds I put out in the open "pan."
These little birds were trying out all my new feeders. I think the bird on the snowman's eye looks a little creepy. I think it looks like he is pecking out the snowman's eye. I guess I'm still affected by Hitchcock's "The Birds."
 How do you like my snowman feeder?


Laura said...

Your snowman feeder is cute, did you or someone you know make it? Looks like squirrels can't get to the seed very easily. How did you enjoy the dyeing? I think you'll become addicted to it (like me) and end up with piles and piles of fabric....

It's amazing to me that you have no snow, we're buried down here in NC!

Quilter Beth said...

Actually, I got the snowman feeder from our local Rural King. The birds love it.

I'm really liking the dyeing. I did a bit of snow dyeing today. The fabrics turned out a bit paler than I would have liked, but I love the randomness of the color and design.

We had a couple of days without snow. I happened to take the pics when we were without. It is back! Our schools have been cancelled for the last three days and are going on a two-hour delay tomorrow.

Karoda said...

What do I THINK you should do with that gorgeous fabric besides give it to me!? No, seriously, stamp or screen and image on it...maybe leaves since it is kinda autumn.

Debbie said...

It's beautiful!! You will think of something fabulous to do with it, I'm sure!

Ann Marie said...

I love the snowman feeder!