Monthly Archives: September 2015

TMQG Postcard Swap – postcards received!

During the summer, the Presidents of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild organized a postcard swap. I created three postcards and blogged about the process for each one.

These are the postcards I received:

TMQG postcard Lynda Hutchison

A very heartfelt thanks to Lynda for both postcards. They were fused and raw edge appliquéd.

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I love the postage stamp fabric!

TMQG postcard Karen S BrownKaren’s card was also fused and raw edge appliquéd. The feature of the postcard was the beautiful centre with strands of embroidery floss capturing a few beads in shades of orange.

TMQG postcard Catherine Clarke

As a bonus, Catherine sent this lovely crazy patch design featuring embroidery stitches from her sewing machine.

At the September meeting, we got to see more of the postcards and they were all unique. I think it’s a great way to try new techniques without risk.

Red Shibori scarves

It’s interesting how different these two red Shibori scarves look when they both started off in the same dye bath.

Red Nui Shibori cotton gauze

Red Nui Shibori cotton gauze

The design is very subtle on this scarf, giving it a delicate look.

Red Nui Shibori cotton gauze

Red Nui Shibori cotton gauze

More rows of stitching would make this design more defined and graphic. I will be experimenting with this on another piece.

Red Nui Shibori cotton gauze

Red Nui Shibori cotton gauze

The scarf below was dyed in the same red dye bath and then pole wrapped and dipped in black to create a very striking design.

Red and black Arashi Shibori cotton gauze

Red and black Arashi Shibori cotton gauze

An intense black colour is difficult to achieve. I doubled the amount of dye powder and left the scarf in longer. In some areas of the scarf the black looks more like a very dark purple.

Red and black Arashi Shibori cotton gauze

Red and black Arashi Shibori cotton gauze

When I first began dyeing, I mixed red and blue dyes to create purple as you would when mixing paint. I did get a purple but it was very grapey! not really what I had intended. By mixing red with a small amount of black dye a deep rich royal purple is obtained.

Red and black Arashi Shibori cotton gauze

Red and black Arashi Shibori cotton gauze

I have a few more hand dyed scarves to show you next time.

Linen gauze scarves

My infatuation with dyeing has led me to experiment with fibres other than cotton. I was looking for a linen gauze to experiment with, when I came across Robert Kaufman’s Veneto Linen Gauze fabric. No one locally carried this fabric and I was hesitant to order it online without seeing and touching it.

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Indigo Itajime Linen Gauze Scarf

Luckily, Andrea, from On Blueberry Hill had used this linen gauze to make a scarf. She wrote about her experience in a post: Spring gauze wraps. The photographs of the Veneto Linen scarf and a Kokochi Double Gauze scarf she made were beautiful.

Indigo Itajime Linen Gauze Scarf Detail

Indigo Linen Gauze scarf detail

I contacted Andrea to ask about the weight, drape and her experience sewing with the linen gauze, explaining that I was interested in dyeing it. She very quickly responded and kindly offered to send me a piece so I could experiment!

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Indigo Arashi Shibori Linen Gauze Scarf

The piece Andrea sent was large enough to make two scarves. I tried two different Shibori techniques. Itajime Shibori is when the fabric is folded and clamped with a resist before dyeing, Arashi Shibori  is rolled and tied around a tube. The two pieces were then immersed in an Indigo dye bath. The experiment was very successful. I am happy with both of the results. The linen has a lovely drape and it accepted the dye very well, creating an intense blue with only a couple of dips in the dye bath.

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Indigo Arashi Shibori Linen Gauze Scarf detail

I didn’t take a photograph of the linen before I dyed it, so if you hop on over to Andrea’s blog, you can see the base colour: flax. I love this natural warm colour with the blue designs running through it. This linen gauze is available in white which I think would also look great.

During my Indigo dyeing weekend, I also experimented dyeing a rayon/linen blend and silk fibres. I’ll have more photographs showing those results soon. What fibres have you tried dyeing?

Indigo dyeing weekend

I spent two days of the long weekend dyeing a variety of cloth with Indigo. These are just three of about 30 pieces I dyed.

cotton cushion top wrapped and tied

cotton cushion top wrapped and tied

This cotton square was first wrapped around an empty plastic serving thread spool, held with an elastic band and wrapped with thread.

cotton cushion top unwrapped and untied

cotton cushion top unwrapped and untied

When first unwrapped, it has a very sculptural quality. This will flatten out when it is washed and pressed.

Indigo Nui shibori cotton cushion top string removed

Indigo Nui shibori cotton cushion top string removed

This cotton square was gathered on the diagonal and wrapped with long thin strips of fabric.

Indigo Nui shibori cotton cushion top string removed and diagonal design showing

Indigo Nui shibori cotton cushion top string removed and diagonal design showing

I like to wrap the strips so that there is a little space for the dye to seep in. This creates some lovely lines.

Indigo Nui shibori cotton/linen cushion top

Indigo Nui shibori cotton/linen cushion top

This cotton/linen rectangle was folded into thirds and triangles stitched across. There are three rows of stitching in each one.

Indigo Nui shibori cotton/linen cushion top unwrapped

Indigo Nui shibori cotton/linen cushion top unwrapped

Once unwrapped rows of squares appear in three rows.

There are heaps of washing and ironing in my future!