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I’m Finally Dyeing!

I am one of those people that has to have every thing just so before I begin a project. I can’t work in chaos. I can create chaos. Then I have to reorganized or I will just shut down and play computer games. So over the past few days, I finally have taken the time to get everything under control in the studio area.

Last night I cut silk charmeuse in to yards and then in half. This morning I couldn’t wait to get up and start mixing dyes. Here I am, looking very scary, but ready to deal with the chemicals or wmd’s – whatever may come my way.


Fabric is soaking in a soda ash solution:


Here are my supplies: mixing box, dyes in a rainbow of colors, measuring cups and spoons and mixing spoons. I spent the money to buy dyes already mixed as I did not want to take the time to mix dyes to get the color gradations that I want. I did do some mixing so we will see how that turns out?ł1tonight


Here are my finished containers of dyed fabrics. I ran out of plastic containers so I had to put some in zip lock baggies.


Tonight, I am going to High Fiber Diet with Terry. This is a group of art quilters here in the Portland area. Their big event for the year is coming up – a show and sale of art quilts at the Japanese Gardens in August.

I am also excited to say that Kimono Collage is going off to live with Dee in Northport, NY and Aspen Reflections is going to Teri in Michigan. How exciting is that?

8 Responses to “I’m Finally Dyeing!”

  1. panasianbiz says:

    I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. Although I know nothing about dyeing fabric, your enthusiasm was contagious. The photos were quite fascinating as well.

  2. MargaretR says:

    Those dyed fabrics look yummy! Look forward to seeing what they look like washed and dried. Don’t you just love ironing them?
    BTW your studio looks great.

  3. Amber says:

    Congrats on your sales!

    Also, thanks for sharing about the “can’t work in chaos but I make chaos” – same here, and it IS a challenge to always spend so much time cleaning up after myself, but it’s the only way to proceed.

  4. Micki says:

    Looks like somebody has been having a lot of fun. The fabrics look great. Happy to hear your wonderful pieces have found new homes!

  5. ~Vicki says:

    i’ve been reading your blog since the start, love it! i don’t comment much, don’t want to get in the way of all this creativity.. but had to tell you,(again) that i think you’re awesome! just love that “get-up” today. (he hee) i see you’ve got that studio up and running. look forward to see what amazing things come out of there. carry on!

  6. Judy says:

    Dyeing at last!! 😉 You need to post pics of your results, as I can’t wait (am dyeing??) to see them!
    Dee in NY and Teri in Michigan are two lucky ladies to have your pieces! Congrats on finding them good homes!

  7. dee says:

    Soooooo excited-can’t wait to see Kimono Collage hanging on the wall. Dee

  8. Woo hoo! Looks like too much fun! Congrats on finding good homes for your quilts as well 🙂