Friday, June 5, 2009

Dyeing studio

Today I used diluted fabric paints for dyeing the ground fabric. It is a heavy cotton twill. I cut a piece of 16x16" and gave it a shading of blue, violet, and cool caribean swimming pool.
Then I took out my fused things and ironed them onto the ground fabric to get this:

"Stampede in the chicken shack"
Two young black bears -- hardly visible, it is dark -- among the chickens in panic. I decided to use only 3 patterns. My first attempt looked too chaotic, as some of you noted in your comments, and I agree. This is not finished yet, of course. The fences will all be in the same pattern, and there is a gap -- upper right -- where the robbers came in. This will be a cushion cover with a zip. Don't tell all the people, I let our Afghani tailor do the sewing. If I do it, it will look as if he had taken it back from war.

Update. The fusing is finished. But I think I will not do more fusing in in the future than absolutely necessary. Because hand quilting is agony! Not due to the WonderUnder alone, but together with the strong twill, it becomes very difficult. Moreover, the beautiful quilting crincle will probably not appear on the fused parts. So -- should I bother? After all, I started...

8 comments:

Chris Gray Textile Art said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets paint and dyes all around the wash-handbasin in the bathroom!

jude said...

ha! a story cloth.
and i love your dye studio. just like mine.

ArtSparker said...

In stitches begin responsibility? Sorry to hear about the agony...

Deb G said...

Me too...the dyeing usually happens in the bathroom. I once did some stamping on top of the washing machine and didn't realize it had bled through. The top of my washing machine is very colorful now.

Eva said...

LOL!

Diane said...

I spy...someone playing with dye! YAY!

Rayna said...

LOL - MUCH better! This piece is a charmer. Working in the bathroom sink?
Well, diluted fabric paints shouldn't cause too much trouble - but do I see you moving in a new direction?

Eva said...

My husband said: "New direction? No direction at all! You just zeroed in on geometrie, and now come chicks!"