I'm finding it harder to blog on weekends, because I'm spending more time in the studio creating. That's what the studio is for, right? Last weekend I decided it was high time I used up some dye solutions I've had in the studio frig for a few months. I also decided I wasn't going to mess around with fat quarters- I dyed half-yard pieces or larger. I need to start making a dent in the 75 yards of PFD I bought last year when the price of cotton started rising.
I had no plan, no idea of what colors I'd end up doing. I just wanted to use up the dyes, which were mostly primaries in the three color families Carol Soderlund teaches in her beginning dye class. Here's an overview of a lot of what I ended up with.
Then some blues, and a color parfait using two yellows on the first two fabrics, and a blue on top. I do love my greens!!
The blue with red on the left looks much better in person than it does in the photo. I was glad to get a red that wasn't fuschia!
These are going to be overdyed- the two on the left have already spent the night in a bucket of turquoise dye.
I also fanfolded three pieces of fabric and put them in the same tray container. Each piece got a different blue on it, then I flooded the bottom with fuschia. I liked what happened.
I like the texture I got on these, and think I will be doing more fan-folding and less scrunching in the future. I already have lots of yardage with the scrunch texture.
My hands-down favorites are these two spirals.
The one on the right was originally more lime green with purple, but I got impatient and rinsed and washed it before the turquoise dye had been on the cloth for 24 hours. So, it turned out to be more acid yellow, and a lesson in patience for me.
I was successful in using up most of the dyes in the frig, I only have a bit of a couple of colors left. I've got a length of cotton knit soaking in one bucket now, waiting to be washed out, and the two that have been overdyed in turquoise. I still have to figure out what I'm doing with the other one, that turned into insipid yellow and puke green.