Fabric Dyeing

Despite the large number of dyed fabrics on the shelf in my studio, sometimes I just don’t have the color I want. What do I do then?

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Fabric Dyeing

When an artist runs out of a color, what do they do? Painters can buy a new tube of paint or mix up a color and continue on. It is a little bit harder for those of us who work with fabric and hand-dye our own.

I needed a large piece of “mud” colored fabric to work on an idea I had for a piece. But I did not have such a large piece in my stash. Last week, we had one very warm day that was in the 80’s. I jumped on that chance to dye fabric.

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Indigo at Studio B

It was my turn to drive up, over and down the hills, past long-horned bulls and fields of sage, through small towns, over the river and into Weiser for another visit. In the backseat, cookies, carrot salad, brie and crackers were our fuel we brought for our potluck lunch. Those would give us the energy to spend the day experimenting and playing with indigo dye at Studio B, our friend Linda‘s studio at her house. She is always so generous to share her space and tools with us.

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The Color of Frustration

What color would you associate with frustration? I can see anger as red. Would frustration be pink? Lately, for me the color of frustration has been turquoise. It has been making me blue.

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Dyeing Results – Part 2

In my last post, I shared my good results from my dyeing session. Now it is time for the bad and the ugly.

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The Results Are In!

It isn’t gold, silver or bronze, but a whole rainbow of color from my dyeing session.

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It’s Time to Dye!

Remember the joy of opening a new box of crayons? Looking at all the colors with their sharp points, wondering which color to pick to put on the page first? Of course, the box of 64 colors was the best! So many choices.

Now, that I am dyeing fabric, 64 choices doesn’t seem like much when I have an infinite amount of possibilities at my fingertips.

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Color Mixing - Part 2

Our Color Mixing for Dyers workshop was five days long. We did most of the dyeing for the color samples in the first couple of days. Then we had to sort and cut and put them in our binder.

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The New Color Mixing for Dyers

After a long day of driving, with many s-curves and hairpin turns toward the end, I was relieved to have finally arrived at my destination. I parked on the street and, not seeing any signs, began to wander around the “campus” of architecturally random buildings. Eventually, I saw some young people go into a building. I followed them in, thinking, “Maybe this is where I check-in.”

A glance through the door revealed a climbing wall and what looked like people doing circus training.

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Indigo Dyeing

I ended the day with blue fingernails, not from nail polish but from indigo dye. Another visit to Studio B (Linda McLaughlin’s studio) provided good friends, good food and good experimentation.

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