I have created a series of blank greeting cards using some of my hand dyed fabrics, and embellishments collected over the years.
The note cards are a fun way to use some of my precious fabric pieces that are too small to stitch with (although some of my friends would not agree!)
Shells were collected from beach vacations. I purposely chose only shells that had a small hole, with the idea that I would stitch them onto some artwork in the future.
I love the beautiful and nuanced look of Oakshott Cottons. The warp and weft are woven with two different colours, you can see the turquoise and blue in the piece above. So much more interesting than just a solid!
A vintage linen napkin with a lovely finished edge in fuchsia is combined with cheesecloth and a heart. I call this one Twisted Heart!
Indigo paired with glass beads and ribbon to celebrate your accomplishments.
These blank mixed media note cards will be available soon in an upcoming holiday market.
I have recently completed four new textile paintings. This series called: Lipstick & Mascara are a part of the Precious Snowflakes Holiday Art Sale and Festival. The Yellow House Gallery on Kingston Road in Toronto with the Cobalt Gallery and Clay Studio are hosting this event. Small pieces of original art will be on display at these two venues and available for sale from November 17, 2017 to January 20, 2018.
I spent last Saturday teaching an enthusiastic and adventurous group of women hand dyeing with Procion MX dyes. Kristyn of the London Modern Quilt Guild of Canada asked me last year if I would be interested in teaching how I dye fabrics to the guild members. I was excited to be able to share my love of dyeing.
I created kits for all the participants.
Our group set up in a room in the East Lions Artisans Centre in London, Ontario. It is a great facility with access to plenty of water! Necessary for any dyeing workshop.
Some of the beautiful and colourful hand dyed fabrics drying.
One of the very courageous members @melonpatch.quilts brought cotton yarn. The example above is dyed with olive-green and then sprinkled with black. I can’t wait to see the results.
These are just a few of the lovely pieces that the guild members experimented with. T-shirts, silk scarves, linen, silk noile, a canvas hat, and many pieces of cotton were dyed in a rainbow of colours.
Thank you all for letting me spend the day with you, sharing and creating a rainbow of fabrics.
In a couple of weeks I will be travelling to London, Ontario to teach an all day fabric dyeing workshop. Kristyn McCoy of the London Modern Quilt Guild contacted me last year to ask if I would be interested in sharing my knowledge. I absolutely was!
Join me and the members of the London Modern Quilt Guild on Saturday July 8, 2017 from 10am-4pm for a hands on workshop exploring colour, folding, twisting and scrunching fabrics to create your own original hand dyed fabrics. Information is available on the Events page.
I took a few more photographs at the World of Threads Festival that closed this past weekend. This was my first time attending and I was awed by the talent, imagination and whimsy of the artists. Enjoy a small selection of the beautiful pieces at the show.
I am pleased with the results of dyeing linen. I made two sets of napkins from some beautiful cream coloured linen. The first set of four are cocktail napkins about 9 inches square. Two resists were used to make the design.
I took a photograph of the linen napkins, before dyeing them. They are shown below, folded and clamped with their resist. The piece in the centre is cotton wrapped around two CDs and bound with elastics. I haven’t yet washed this piece out.
The dinner napkins are a generous size. At 19 inches they will easily shield the messiest diner!
In our house we always use cloth, most of them vintage. Do you still use cloth napkins?
l finally ironed the fabric that I dyed during the Labour Day weekend. With this dyeing session, I was trying to obtain colours that were fairly regular with little or no mottling. To obtain this result, I spent five minutes constantly manipulating the fabric when the dye was added. Once the soda ash was added, I manipulated the fabric for another minute. All of the colours were left in the dye buckets overnight.
Of all the colours I dyed, the black is the most consistent, with very little variation in colour.
The other fabrics show more variation in their colour, especially the darker colours like the purple, blues and green. I do like the effect of the mottling and it can be used to great effect. In some of the fabrics, the variation of colour looked like feathers, some looked like flowers.
Next time, I will experiment with pre soaking the fabrics in the soda ash and then adding the dye. This might produce more consistent colours. Definitely, dyeing fabric flat on a table as Kathleen Probst and Robyn Ferrier describe in their blogs results in very solid looking colours. What do you look for in hand dyed fabrics?