Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Ugly Fabric

I belong to a Yahoo group just for MX dyers.  The moderator likes to do what she calls ugly fabric challenges-n she sends out half to one yard pieces of fabric she has dyed and not liked, and the recipient has three months to change it.  You can use any process, but it must include at least one overdye with MX dyes.  I decided I had to try this, especially seeing what one member created last year.  Cherie, who came to Carol Soderlund's workshop last summer, brought her fabric to show, and it was drop dead gorgeous.

I received my package Saturday.  I opened it up to find---

Really ugly, right??  I guess if you don't like orange!  The texture is phenomenal!

I now have it hanging on my design wall.  I will probably stick with warm colors, since I don't want mud.  But I have time to think about it while I finish my Tangled Textiles challenge, due in a couple of weeks, and dye scarves for a craft fair at church on March 31.

And I need to figure out what to do with 'Grace.'  The flowing quilting lines have just disappeared, and that is not what I wanted.  So I will add some different colors of thread, and maybe even Shiva paintstiks.  We'll see.  I'm taking my time with this one, I don't want to botch it this late in the process.

I am feeling energized creatively- a nice feeling!  And the signs of spring that we are seeing certainly can't hurt!


Renate said...

Wow that is some vibrant fabric! I wonder what it would look like if you added some magenta. I'd like to see what you end up doing to it.

Vicki said...

Wow, wonderful texture. It looks a lot like the fabric I used for an ATC a few days ago. You always have vibrant fabrics, so I'm sure this one will not be too hard!