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Improvisational Fabric Design

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I have always eschewed taking dyeing classes that require measurement and tabulating results. I love the serendipity of just throwing in some random dye on some random fabric to see what will happen. This piece was a wimpy blue and green yesterday. I threw it in a dye bath of chocolate brown. I love it. Here is a detail.

It is so complex now with warm and cool colors showing up. It works perfectly with the big piece I am working on. This was an afterthought because I had left over dye.

The tray dyeing with 3 different greens and splashed of black was not so successful and will be over-dyed at some point. The water was too cold. I didn’t use enough dye and didn’t mix it very well.

I got most of the fabric fused today and finally became brave enough to cut into it. I stopped when I realized that I wanted some warm yellow. I took this wimpy beige fabric:

and painted it yellow with some copper accents.

Gaaa! I love it. I love how paint can transform a piece of fabric.