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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Fabric over dyeing

Yesterday I finished over-dyeing my soy wax batik fabrics plus a few shibori dyed fabrics that I wanted to finish. I haven't decided yet if I am pleased with all of the results but I had a lot of  fun working on these.  The shibori fabrics I have had ready to paint since late summer, early fall.  We were making trips from our house to the h
omes of relatives.  Tying the fabric for shibori was an easy relaxing way to spend the time in the car.  I think I will make a habit of leaving fabric ready to tie or stitch near my tv.  When I stop to watch a show I can also create some new fabrics.  
 know I like this first one with the green edges and the yellow dots.  If you look at it the right way(from either end) it looks like a field of yellow flowers.  I will have to experiment more with refining this technique. The next two cloths are some I did in a shibori dyeing class taught by Marjorie McWilliams at Quilt University online.  The lighter colored parts were white and I overdyed them both.  Not sure I like the blue and reddish one as well since I added the overdye.  Before with the white it was almost a patriotic fabric, now the blue has a slight greenish tint.  I have one other shibori fabric I am working on right now.  I'm trying to make a butterfly.  I'll let you know if it turns out.

   The next photos are my soy waxed batiks I showed you in an earlier post.  Now they are finished.  Not sure what I will make with them yet.  I'll have to think about it for awhile, I'll hang them on my design board one at a time until something comes to me.  I also threw some cheesecloth into the dyes to use with my embellisher.  Not sure they will work but they did end up bright colored.  Have a great day! Janet

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