September 27, 2016

Suz: Dyeing As September Ends

 September is soon over, and cooler autumn weather will be arriving. I took advantage of the last few sunny days to try dyeing some cotton and some silk hankies.

cotton fabric
leaves from my garden
sun dyeing technique

silk hankie
leaves from my garden
rock salt
pearl dye for the shimmer
sun dyeing technique

silk hankie
ferns from my garden
rock salt
pearl dye for the shimmer
sun dyeing technique

silk hankie
leaves from my garden
sun dyeing tehnique
rock salt
pearl dye to add the shimmer

silk hankie
shibori technique
all pearl dyes

another angle

Sharpie markers
cotton fabric
rubbing alcohol

after applying the rubbing alcohol


the fabric on the left half was the hankie part folded underneath
it created a soft effect

Sharpie markers on a silk hankie

after the application of rubbing alcohol

less movement than on the cotton

sun dyeing #2
using leaves and stencils

the paper stencils left a soft pattern

the plastic stencil created a crisp result

after a second application of dye in yellow

sun dyeing on silk with leaves

after a second dye of yellow

cotton fabric, leaves and a paper stencil

after a second layer of dye in yellow

the paper stencil has distinct and soft areas of the design

using a felt stencil on cotton

the second dye layer created an even softer effect

Last week I dyed some fabric with avocado pits. After drying, I cut one piece of fabric in half, and threw 1 of the halves into the laundry. After it was dried in the dryer, I put the two halves together, to see if there was a discernable difference in their colour.
It appears as though the tannins in the avocado pits work well as a mordant on cotton fabrics.

I didn't really like the experiments with the markers and alcohol, so I decided to use any left-over dyes on those pieces, as well as a cotton cloth . What do they look like now?

This piece may get some more dye additions. I like the softness of the blue and golds on the lower half, so I may add some more blue to the top half and see if I can cover up more of the ugly bit.
Or I could try doing a shibori technique on this piece to see what happens.

I like the effect on the remainder of this cotton cloth. The section with the bold marker stripes could be cut out for another application.

This cotton hankie sopped up any spills and drips and has a nice soft effect. It could easily be used as is, or used as a sopping cloth in my next dyeing experiments.

My conclusions:
I like the 1 layer of dye on the silk and cotton in the sun dyeing.
A second layer of the same dye colour might be a nice effect.
The yellow layer appears too strong, so I may try a third layer to see what happens.
The shibori technique requires more dye than I used. Even though I put 2 layers on the silk, I don't think the dye  penetrated the silk enough. I do like the results.

Well, that's my week of playing with dyes. It was fun.
I hope your week was a creative one.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz


ladyhawthorne said...

That's a lot of fun experiments and now you have a nice stack of pretty, one of a kind fabric for projects! I think I'm jealous, lol.

Moira said...

Love all the dye work that you did this week. I really like seeing the difference between the paper and plastic stencils. Am looking forward to seeing what you do with the pieces.

Judy S. said...

Looks like you had a grand time! Very fun to see your results, too. Have you ever tried natural dyes like onion skins? Oh yeah, avocado pits..... What will you do with your fun dyed pieces?

cq4fun said...

A lot of lovely experimenting! I do like the sun prints a lot. I look forward to seeing what you do with some of these.

Cyra said...

You have had a fun and exciting week full of dyeing experimentation. I love that you tried so many different ways to dye a piece of fabric, lol.
For what it's worth, with the markers experiment, you might find that you get more pleasing (an blended) results if you wet the fabric a bit first with some rubbing alcohol, then add the markers. Whichever way you do it, don't let the marker ink dry before adding the R.A. Only do small areas with the markers, one or two strokes at a time, before adding the R.A., and build it up slowly.
I love your playful colours on everything.