Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Dye Fun and Dye Candy Giveaway

Preparing For the Dye Fun
I have promised to post a link on here about the absolutely fabulous giveaway that wonderful Chris is doing for Dye Candy.
Just go go there by clicking here
or the link in the top left hand corner. The fabrics are just so yummy yummy.
Last weekend I had a walk round the local car boot sale to see if I could find any bits of suitable material towards the scrap quilts. Towards my delight I found a few items.
All scraps of material had been washed so now awaiting the big scissors, things like this makes the day more fun, I know it sounds crazy but these are true confessions of a fabri-holic. One piece, a skirt gave me some ideas towards some batik tie dying, you can see the turquoise material here, I fell in love with this little piece so wanted to prepare some fabric towards the spook-tacular quilt blocks material. The pale purple material had already some dye painted on but I thought this looked too boring, wanted something more dramatic so all evening had been ruffling up tucks with big random stitches to make unusual tucks and pleats. I would recommend this technique to anyone as its just so therupuetic just randomly gathering up pleats in big stitches.
Ive still got a lot to do which will perhaps take me all day and evening. I bought some cold water dyes from Dylon range and some black transparent fabric paint from the range of Pebeo paints. What I like about the Pebeo paints are when thinned down make interesting streaks and patterns in the material. Im hoping to use the black on some yellow orange material to see if I can produce anything interesting towards the theme of Halloween. Keep watching this post to see what happens.
All the random stitches will come out of course but I just love feeling the textures on the gathered up cotton. My legs are heavy and feel like Lead I pray this is not the start of another relapse.
To my absolute surprise Dylon got intouch with me and told me that I can no longer get cold water dyes as they no longer stock them eeek I will have to phone round different companies and see what else is in stock.


Beena said...

I can't wait to see what this will look like when all the pleats and tucks are removed after dying it! I hope you find the dyes you are looking for.

I'll keep a good thought for you, and surely pray that this will pass and isn't a relapse. Don't push yourself too hard, and try to get some rest and relaxation between your masterpieces!

Dolores said...

That looks like great fun. I would like to make some time for dying and experimenting.
I hope you get to feeling better soon and that it isn't a sign of a relapse. Keep your outlook positive as you have been doing.
I love visiting your blog - it's always interesting.

Chris said...

Hi Faith, Thinking of you and hope you are feeling better soon. I love your color experiment and can't wait to the results.