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Cosmos quilt

I have fallen in love with dyeing fabric! Each time I dye fabrics I am amazed at the results. Each piece of hand dyed fabric is unique. This beautiful mandala was snow dyed along with a few other pieces of cotton and I wanted to use this piece without cutting into it.

Cosmos fabric selection 2

Cosmos fabric selection 2

I auditioned a variety of hand dyed fabrics for the outside edges. I decided to quilt as you go, keeping the borders separate from the mandala.

Cosmos fabric selection 1

Cosmos fabric selection 1

The mandala was machine quilted in a spiral with a walking foot, once I got close to the edge, I stopped, added the borders and continued with the spiral.

Cosmos detail stitching

Cosmos detail stitching

I also quilted the corner block in a small spiral, echoing the larger mandala.

Cosmos detail corner

Cosmos detail corner

snow dyed fabric

snow dyed fabric

This is one of the snow dyed shibori fabrics that was dyed at the same time as the mandala, so the colours worked well together. I cut into this piece to make the corner block.

Cosmos

Cosmos
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
45 x 50 inches
Hand dyed fabric, thread
$1,200.00

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?

A trio of hand dyed zippered pouches

I stitched three zippered pouches using some of my hand dyed fabric. I dyed some canvas and paired it with some beautiful stripped leather pieces.

Hand dyed canvas zippered pouch with leather accents

Hand dyed canvas zippered pouch with leather accents

The pouches are a great size for storing sewing accessories, makeup, pencils and many other small items.

Hand dyed unzipped pouch with leather accents

Hand dyed canvas pouch unzipped with leather accents

The pouch below is slightly larger and has a full leather bottom.

Hand dyed canvas zipped pouch with leather bottom

Hand dyed canvas zipped pouch with leather bottom

Hand dyed linen pouch with leather bottom

Hand dyed linen pouch with leather bottom

I dyed a couple of small pieces of metallic linen using the Itajime shibori technique to create this diagonal pattern. The linen has a lovely shimmer.

handdyed linen pouch with blue lining

Hand dyed linen pouch with blue lining

This linen and leather zippered pouch is lined with one of my hand dyed light blue cottons. What would you store in these?

 

 

 

Indigo velvet Shibori

This silk velvet is one of the pieces I dyed in the Indigo workshop I took in the spring at the Colour Vie Studio with Pam Woodward. I had purchased a one yard piece of silk velvet and was saving it for just the right project. On the second day of the workshop I brought it in.

Indigo velvet

Indigo velvet

The silk velvet absorbed the indigo beautifully. The piece is a rich, deep blue. I love this piece – it is gorgeous.

Indigo velvet detail

Indigo velvet detail

My idea is to make a beautiful shawl, with a contrasting lining. I still have to find the right fabric for the lining. When I do, I am thinking of dyeing it a luscious fuschia. What colour would you choose?

 

Indigo obsession!

I have been on a fabric dyeing binge since I took an Indigo dyeing workshop in May. I have been obsessed with creating patterns, colour and texture with Indigo and fibre reactive dyes. The fabrics I dyed in September are now stitched up into the pillows below. 

I will be bringing these indigo pillows, Shibori scarves in wool, silk and cotton and selection of quilted art postcards to the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto Festive Marketplace next week. Come and see the results of my Indigo obsession for yourself!

Pillow stack

Indigo Itajime Shibori pillow back

Indigo Itajime Shibori pillow back

Indigo Itajime Shibori Pilow top

Indigo Itajime Shibori Pillow top

Nui Shibori Pillow top

Nui Shibori Pillow top

Nui Shibori Pillow back

Nui Shibori Pillow back

Indigo Itajime diagonal pillow top

Indigo Itajime diagonal pillow top

Pillow_Indigo Itajime quiltedback

Indigo Itajime diagonal pillow back

Indigo ombre pillow top

Indigo ombre pillow top

Indigo Ombre pillow back

Indigo Ombre pillow back

Indigo Ombre angle pillow top

Indigo Ombre angle pillow top

Indigo Ombre angle pillow back

Indigo Ombre angle pillow back

Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow

Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow

Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow

Indigo Velvet dip dyed pillow back

Indigo velvet pillow

Indigo velvet pillow

Indigo velvet pillow back

Indigo velvet pillow back

Green Shibori scarves

Dip dyeing, where you dip a piece of fabric into a dye vat is one of the easiest ways to dye fabric. Although it is uncomplicated, this technique provides endless variety of design fun.

Dip dyed scarf

Dip dyed scarf

I first saw this technique in Kim Eichler-Messmer’s book: Modern Color: an illustrated guide for modern quilts. In it she wrote about dip dyeing placemats and they were simply beautiful.

Dip dyed scarf

Dip dyed scarf

I’ve been experimenting with this technique and have two scarves to show you. The green scarf above was loosely folded, rolled and placed into a container of green dye. I left it until all the dye had been absorbed. This creates a striped effect with the fabric at the bottom of the container absorbing the most dye and is therefore the darkest.

Plaid dip  dyed scarf

Plaid dip dyed scarf

In the plaid scarf, I first folded, rolled, and dipped the piece in a yellow dye bath. I dried the scarf.

Plaid dip  dyed scarf

Plaid dip dyed scarf

The second step was to refold in the opposite direction, re-roll and re-dip in the second colour. This time I placed the scarf in a turquoise dye bath. I love the colour that is created where the yellow and turquoise intersect. It looks like a much more complicated design. I will be experimenting with dyeing more Shibori scarves in various colour combinations in the future.

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!

More hand dyed scarves

I am still having fun!

Dyeing pink circles scarf

Pink circle cotton gauze scarf

I have so many more ideas for dyeing that I am back to it!

Creamsicle cotton gauze scarf

Creamsicle cotton gauze scarf

This beautiful orange Arashi Shibori or pole wrapped piece unwrapped into a beautiful cream and orange scarf. It reminded my husband of a favourite childhood ice cream treat – the Creamsicle!

Dyeing creamsicle unwrapped

Creamsicle cotton gauze scarf unwrapped

Here it is partially unwrapped, once washed it is a softer colour.

Radicchio 2 cotton gauze scarf

Radicchio 2 cotton gauze scarf

I was asked to make a scarf similar to the Arashi Shibori scarf in raspberry that I wrote about in July. I didn’t keep track of the colours I mixed to create that shade and was challenged to recreate the colour.

Radicchio cotton gauze scarf

Radicchio cotton gauze scarf

Arashi Shibori raspberry

Arashi Shibori raspberry

They aren’t exactly the same, but very similar. When I first unwrapped the raspberry coloured scarf, washed and dried it, the colour and veining reminded me of radicchio. Radicchio is a beautiful Italian chicory lettuce that grows in a tightly wrapped ball. The leaf is a purpley red while the veins are white. Next time you are at the grocery store look for it – the colour is gorgeous.
I am also dyeing scarves in a silk/cotton blend and a linen/rayon blend. I’ll have more photographs of those scarves as well as some velvet that I’ll be making into pillows.

Hand dyed scarves

I’ve been having fun hand dyeing scarves. They are made out of 100% cotton gauze and are available in two sizes.

Itajime Shibori gold

Itajime Shibori gold

I’ve folded, clamped, stitched, wrapped, scrunched, and twisted to make a variety of designs.

Itajime Shibori blue

Itajime Shibori blue

Can you guess what I used as the resist in the above photo?

Itajime Shibori turquoise

Itajime Shibori turquoise

This turquoise scarf was folded and loosely coiled. The dye was poured into the bottom of the container first and then the dry scarf was added. The dye was completely absorbed by the scarf to create a beautiful ombre stripe.

hand dyed serviette fuschia

hand dyed serviette fuschia

I also dyed a few linen napkins that I purchased at auction. I added them to the inside of the tubes I wrapped and the bottom of a couple of containers while I was dyeing the scarves. They have a lovely mottled look.

Kumo Shibori green

Kumo Shibori green

This green bundle was loosely rolled around a string, pulled tightly and tied. This creates a texture similar to snake-skin.

Kumo and Nui Shibori pink

Kumo and Nui Shibori pink

The scarf on the right was ombre dyed as well as the being stitched and gathered to create a border effect. The scarf on the left was tightly twisted and dyed with two colours, yellow and red.

Nui shibori purple

Nui shibori purple

A mauve scarf was stitched, gathered and then dip dyed in a blue dye bath.

Arashi Shibori purple and raspberry

Arashi Shibori purple and raspberry

These two scarves are pole wrapped: Arashi shibori. They have both been dyed with the same colour of dye. The difference is that the bottom scarf was white and the top scarf had been dyed with a light turquoise.

Arashi Shibori purple

Arashi Shibori purple

This is the turquoise with purple dye being unwrapped. The colours are gorgeous!

Arashi Shibori raspberry

Arashi Shibori raspberry

This is the scarf that was white. Dyeing is a fun process, you never really know how the finished results will look. To see what these scarves and others I’ve made will look like you’ll have to come to Quilts at the Creek Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th, 2015. I will have a selection of these hand dyed scarves, hand dyed quilting cottons, table runners and baby quilts for sale at the Shop ‘Round the Corner located in the Pioneer Patio, left just as you enter the park. Hope to see you there. I’ll be in the shop Sunday afternoon stop by and say hello!