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Hand dyeing workshop with the London Modern Quilt Guild

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.

Teaching a Fabric Dyeing Workshop at the London Modern Quilt Guild

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.

Hope to see you there!

 

Hand Dyed Shibori Scarves – Part 1

I love dyeing, the colours, designs and textures you can create by folding, scrunching and tying up fabric is limited only by your patience!

Rayon linen itajime shibori fuchsia scarf

Rayon linen itajime shibori fuchsia scarf

 

Rayon linen itajime shibori fuchsia scarf

Rayon linen itajime shibori fuchsia scarf

I found some beautiful rayon/linen fabric that I sewed up into scarves. The fabric has a lovely drape and dyes beautifully.

Rayon linen Arashi shibori pink scarf

Rayon linen Arashi shibori pink scarf

 

Rayon linen itajime Arashi pink scarf

Rayon linen Arashi shibori pink scarf

Each scarf is an original one-of-a-kind piece. Wrap them around your neck, twist them into a belt around your waist, tie them to your hand bag. They will add a dash of colour to any outfit.

Rayon linen Arashi shibori wine scarf

Rayon linen Arashi shibori wine scarf

 

Rayon linen Arashi shibori wine scarf

Rayon linen Arashi shibori wine scarf

These rayon linen scarves were dyed using my favourite colours: fuchsia, pink and purple.

Rayon linen shibori purple scarf

Rayon linen shibori purple scarf

 

Rayon linen shibori purple scarf

Rayon linen shibori purple scarf

The scarves are 17″ wide and 70″ long and available for purchase at $40.00 each. They are machine washable and air dry.

Rayon linen Itajime shibori pink/grey scarf

Rayon linen Itajime shibori pink/grey scarf

 

Rayon linen Itajime shibori pink/grey scarf

Rayon linen Itajime shibori pink/grey scarf

Rayon linen Arashi shibori purple scarf

Rayon linen Arashi shibori purple scarf

 

Rayon linen Arashi shibori purple scarf

Rayon linen Arashi shibori purple scarf

Next week I have more scarves in other colours to show you. Even though I love pink, I do like all colours and know how to mix them! 🙂

 

Snow dyed fabric

I love fuchsias, pinks and reds. These colours make me happy and energized. It’s the colour palette I gravitate towards when choosing colours for a project.

 

All of the two metre pieces of cotton were dyed with snow in December.

I love that each piece of fabric has a change of pattern and colour intensity from edge to edge.

Berene from Happy Sew Lucky commented on instagram that the piece is like a complex ombre. I think that’s a great description of these pieces.

Observing the pieces folded in half, they look like two completely different pieces of fabric.

 

There are so many design possibilities in each piece of yardage.

What colours make you happy?

Indigo Bursts: textile paintings

Indigo dipped cotton, linen and white pique are combined to create four individual pieces of textile art. Machine quilting adds beautiful texture.

Indigo Bursts by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Indigo Burst: tetraptych
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches each
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas

Each textile painting is wrapped over a 6″ square gallery canvas.

Indigo Burst 1 by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Indigo Burst 1
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00

Indigo Burst 2 by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Indigo Burst 2
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00

Indigo Burst 3 by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Indigo Burst 3
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00

Indigo Burst 4 by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Indigo Burst 4
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00

These textile paintings can be displayed individually or grouped in twos or fours to create a diptych or a tetraptych.

If you are interested in having unique artwork to display in your home, contact me, I am happy to ship directly to you.

How would you choose to display these Indigo Bursts?

More from World of Threads 2016

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.

Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Detail from Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Detail from Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Detail from Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Detail from Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Social Community1, 2 and 4 by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Social Community by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Detail of Social Community 4 by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Detail of Social Community 4 by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Nine Tales by Joyce Watkins King

Nine Tales by Joyce Watkins King

Interactions #9 by Gerri Spilka

Interactions #9 by Gerri Spilka

Corridor Gallery featuring Gerri Spilka of Philadelphia, Pennsylania

Corridor Gallery featuring Gerri Spilka of Philadelphia, Pennsylania

Detail from Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Detail from Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Detail from Interactions #11 by Gerri Spilka

Detail from Interactions #11 by Gerri Spilka

Display by Neha Puri Dhir from Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Display by Neha Puri Dhir from Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail of Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail of Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

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Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

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Detail from Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail from Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

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Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail from Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail from Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Wishing you all a creative week!

Indigo Linen Napkins

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.

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkin

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkin

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen cocktail napkins folded

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.

Indigo dyed linen napkins clamped

Indigo dyed linen napkins clamped

The dinner napkins are a generous size. At 19 inches they will easily shield the messiest diner!

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins folded

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

Indigo dyed linen dinner napkins

In our house we always use cloth, most of them vintage. Do you still use cloth napkins?

Dyeing solid colours

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.

sep_handdyed_fabric

Of all the colours I dyed, the black is the most consistent, with very little variation in colour.

Black

Black

Purple

Purple

Royal Blue

Royal Blue

Cerulean Blue

Cerulean Blue

Turquoise

Turquoise

Green

Green

Red

Red

Fuchsia

Fuchsia

Orange

Orange

Golden Yellow

Golden Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

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?

Parfait dyeing

In the book Color by accident by Ann Johnston, she describes a process of layering fabric and dyes to create gradations of colour. Instead of using 3 separate pieces of fabric, I folded a one and a half metre length of cotton.

parfait-khaki

The result is on piece with three colours and more. Unexpected and unusual colour combinations occur. I never plan my dyeing sessions scientifically and don’t expect to recreate the same design again.

parfait-blue

I like the spontaneity of combining leftover dyes and seeing the results.

parfait-mauve

I am still ironing the rest of the cotton fabric that I dyed. More photos will be coming soon, if the ironing fairy comes to visit!

 

Labour day dyeing results

A couple of weekends ago I overdyed some fabric that I didn’t like. It was a yellow and black batik fabric with ghostly white flowers. The price was right and I brought it home, knowing that a dip in the dye bath could only improve it.

labour 2016 overdyeing

I cut this yardage into two pieces and dyed one in blue and the other in red.

overdyed-fabrics

I like the results above much better than the original colour.

I also dyed my husband’s t-shirt which had gotten stained.

labour 2016 tiedyetshirt

tiedyetshirt_front

My husband was very happy with the colours and pattern on the t-shirt. My son liked the t-shirt so much he wants me to make him one too!

tiedyetshirt_backThe rest of the fabrics I dyed are still in a heap on my ironing board! I will be tackling the pile soon.