Saturday, December 13, 2014

ice cubes

There are different ways of using ice cubes in dyeing. In this case I made dye concentate and froze this into ice cubes containers. I have special ones for dyeing purposes.


In a big container I placed a soda soaked piece of fabric and placed a number of ice cubes on top of it. I used a yellow one and two different blues.


Covered everything with a second piece of fabric and left it there till the ice cubes were melted.


After rinsing and washing these are the fabrics:



The top one was the fabric which was on top. I can see that because there are more white or very lightly colored areas.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

ice dyeing and salt

First of all I want you to know that I am not a scientist, but when I heard that salt reduces the melting time of ice, I knew that I wanted to test this with ice dyeing. For this experiment I used 2 fat quarters, ice cubes, a mixed red Procion and plastic plant containers. Each fq was presoaked with soda ash and crunched into a container with ice cubes on top. I used about 3 tea spoons of dye powder on each and on the left container 3 tea spoons of salt. To be certain that there would be no pooling of melted ice I placed everything into my kitchen sink.


After 3 hours I could not see much difference in how much ice had melted:


After rinsing and ironing I put both pieces of fabric onto my desig wall. The salted one is on the right:


I cannot say that the salt reduced the melting time of the ice. The pattern of the salted piece shows more white and has sharper lines, but is this the effect of the ice or just coincidence? I cannot say for certain. Guess that more experimenting has to be done.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Another painting technique

If you read my blog on a regular base, you know that I prefer working with my own hand dyed fabric. This time however I decided to work with a multicolored batik. To change the look I decided to apply paint to it. This is how I did it. First I started with stitching lots of folds. The folds were - on purpose - irregular in width and not at all neatly lined up :-). The stitching is time consuming, but it gives neat sharp lines after the painting.


After the stitching my fabric looked like this, top:


and back:


Cover your work space with plastic or old newspaper because now is the time to add the paint. I used Lumiere halo gold blue, one of my favorites, and a foam brush.


Apply the paint till the whole top is covered.


Let the paint dry. Next step is to remove the stitched lines. Iron the fabric from the back and this is the result:


As you see the lines are outlined sharp and irregular.