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A Hot, Sticky Day in the OCAC Dye Studio

My car thermometer was registering 103° when we drove home from New Seasons tonight. It was too hot to cook and even too hot to eat on the deck. I was so wiped out from the heat of a day in the OCAC classroom. I took a shower and Mr C and I drove to New Seasons for some takeout and a replenishment of some fruits and veggies. I had one glass of wine and I was loopy!!

Back to the workshop. The first thing I did this morning was to dye paint three pieces that had dried over night. Then, was the excitement of washing the dextrin out of the fabric that had been painted yesterday. Here is a sampling of the class work hanging to dry.

Here are my first two potato dextrin resist pieces.

And closeups. I really love the mosaic-like lines that are created.

These pieces were created by stamping with corn dextrin as the resist. Click for better view.

These pieces are drying  and will be ready for the thickened dye in the morning.

Potato dextrin, using a grid and netting to create patterns.

A cotton/silk blend, stamped with corn dextrose

An ugly silk scarf with potato dextrin. I am going to paint it with turquoise.

I am having a great time in this class. The members of the class are a wonderful, educated and enlightened group of women. There are 9 of us in all. Jeannette took such good care of us today.  She had her husband bring us cold lemonade and salty treats to combat the heat.

6 Responses to “A Hot, Sticky Day in the OCAC Dye Studio”

  1. Judy says:



  2. Karen Rips says:

    I like the results you got with the corn dextrin. I have it on order from prochem and can’t wait to get started with it

  3. PaMdora says:

    what great work you’re doing! Can’t wait to see how you use the fabrics.

  4. jenclair says:

    I’m loving these pieces. Each one has such texture and personality.

  5. Jeannie says:

    Beautiful Gerrie! You are making some wonderful fabrics. Hopefully it will cool down soon so we can all get outside and play. Cheers.

  6. Kristin L says:

    Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool! This looks like a lot of fun and teh results are really wonderful.