Malka Dubrawsky

Hand dyed canvas bag

I purchased white cotton canvas to make a bag. I dyed the canvas, hoping for beige, but got golden-yellow instead. It was a bit bright, so I overdyed with a teal green.

Itajime Shibori Canvas bag
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag

I was much happier with the look of the yellow and teal green Itajime Shibori pattern. I also dyed a piece of canvas with the same teal for the handles and bottom of the bag.

Itajime Shibori Canvas bag verso
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag verso

I love the results, the canvas is the right weight for an unlined bag. I added two pockets. The pocket below is made with an orange and white striped batik I made in Malka Dubrawsky’s dyeing class I took at QuiltCon in 2015.

Itajime Shibori Canvas bag zip pocket
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag zip pocket

The second pocket is made with the same canvas used for the handles and bottom. It is just the right size to hold a cell phone or small notebook.

Itajime Shibori Canvas bag pocket
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag pocket

The bag is approximately, 15″ wide, 15″ high and 4 1/2″ deep. It can hold a lot of books and quite a few metres of fabric. I’ve already tried!

Itajime Shibori Canvas bag inside
Itajime Shibori Canvas bag inside

I plan to make a couple more of these bags. I want to incorporate leather for the handles and bottom.

 

More hand dyed fabric for quilting

Here are the rest of the hand dyed fabrics that I dyed in Malka’s workshop.

hand dyed fabrics folded

These were also stamped with a variety of tools to create the designs.

Hand Blocked Fish
Hand Blocked Fish

The fish were stamped with a woodcut block from Malka’s collection. The purple fabric below was stamped as well.

Hand Blocked Cross
Hand Blocked Cross

The following two pieces were created using a small paintbrush dipped in wax.

Hand dyed stripe
Hand dyed stripe
hand dyed pink fabric
Hand dyed pink stripe

This green hand dyed fabric had the wax applied with a plastic comb. It didn’t work out like I thought it would, but I like the effect anyway.

hand dyed green fabric
Hand dyed green fabric

Now they are ready to incorporate into a quilt!

Hand Dyed Fabrics For Quilting

I have finally gotten around to washing out the wax from the hand dyed fat quarters I made at Malka Dubrawsky’s class at QuiltCon in 2013!

hand dyed fabric folded

Malka taught a full day workshop teaching wax resist dyeing. You can see some of the beautiful pieces she creates on her website: A Stitch in Dye. All the information on creating your own hand dyed fabrics are available in her book.

Colour Your Cloth
Colour Your Cloth: a quilter’s guide to dyeing and patterning fabric by Malka Dubrawsky

These are just a few of the fabrics that I dyed that day.

hand dyed fabric for quilting

Can you guess what was used to make the designs?

hand dyed fabric for quilting

Potato masher

hand dyed fabric

green pepper

hand dyed green fabric

silicon barbecue brush

hand dyed fabric for quilting

cardboard tube

The rest of the fat quarters are in the wash. I’ll post these once they have all been prepared.

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