Monday, January 25, 2010

One World One Heart

This initiative is really fun and you are exposed to blogs from all over the world . . . and they are reading yours too! If you are not familiar with OWOH, read all about it here:


My give-away is pictured below, it's a silk scarf hand dyed by me in purple and turquoise. It's a two step process with special dyes so that part of the scarf takes one color and part takes another color. It's something I've been experimenting with, and it gives great results! The spots are velvety and the purple background is sheer. The scarf measures 68" x 13" and is soft and dreamy!

The fine print: You MUST have an active blog. You MUST leave a comment on this blog entry - and that post has to include a way I can contact you if you win. You can leave your email or you can leave your blog address (but make sure your email or contact me info is current on your blog!).

THE END - yes, all good things must end - is on February 15th - the day the winners will be posted. So the cut off for comments on my blog will be midnight on the 14th. I'll use a random number generator to pick the winners.

*****************************NEWS FLASH*****************************

Because of the overwhelming response to this scarf, I have decided to give away a SECOND scarf! Your odds of winning just went up, so keep on clicking!!

And since we are well over 200 comments, I'll give up my THIRD and final scarf and this one is different than the other two. Tell your friends!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for all the wonderful comments!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What a difference a day makes!

So, I created a snow dyed fabric that I LOVED, and I sold it! I thought that I could re-create something similar, since it was the same snow, same fabric and same dyes, but it didn't work out quite that way.

I think the results are different because the temperature of the snow to start with was different (warmer), and it wasn't cold enough out to freeze the fabric before I packed it in the snow. I didn't think that was a big factor, but now I'm not so sure.

Here are three pieces of fabric that I put under snow, on two of them I used the exact same violet and the exact same yellow as #41 (see previous post) and on the third I used chartreuse in place of the yellow. For the life of me, I can't be certain which one is which, and I find that extremely odd. Again, the serendipity of dyeing!

So here are the three pieces, these are full shots of each piece which measure ~39" x 44". The line across the center is the pressed in fold line from my mangle. They're absolutely gorgeous in their own right, but completely different than what I was trying to get! They actually are similar enough that you could use all three together if you needed more yardage for a project. Click on the pictures to get a closer look.

Did I mention that these are for sale? $30 each, should be on my website soon, but if you can't wait, just let me know.



All of this just makes me want to make more!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Even MORE Snow Dyes!!

I loved the first batch so much that I started a second, and WOW - these are great too!! Now we're having a January thaw, so it'll be a while before I get to do more.

SD#41 - ****SOLD**** (No one can believe I sold this one - Chris you are one lucky gal!)


SD#39 ****SOLD****






All of these will be for sale (maybe, I LOVE #41) on my website in a day or two.

If you missed my tutorial, go back a couple of posts and you can see how I make these.

Happy dyeing!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Snow Dye RESULTS!!

Here are the results from yesterday's snow dyeing. The pictures only show about a quarter of each piece, maybe a little less. These will all be for sale on my website (see sidebar for link) later today or tomorrow. If you just HAVE to have one of them, please email me right away and I won't bother putting it on the website. Use the numbers below each picture to identify it. Each piece is ~39" x 44", 100% Pimatex Cotton, high thread count, and will sell for $30.

SD#28 (much brighter greens IRL)****SOLD****

SD#29 (The one I thought would be "ugly" - not so bad, eh?)

SD#30 *****SOLD*****

SD#31 (This one is SO much brighter that the picture shows.)****SOLD****


SD#33 *****SOLD*****

So I decided to do 8 more today, they're slowly melting . . . will show the results as soon as they're ready!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My Version of the Snow Dye Process

So, we've had a LOT of snow. What to do? What else, dye fabric in the snow!! This was really the perfect snow for dyeing - not too wet, not too dry, just right!

I grabbed some of my dye bins, soda ash soaked some PFD fabrics and wadded them up into the bins:

At this point, some people let the fabric freeze, but not me - too impatient! So I packed them all to the brim with snow. (NOTE: I have since found that freezing the fabric first does have an effect - you get much crisper lines in the finished fabric as you can see from my subsequent blogs where I did freeze the fabric.)

Then I brought them inside to my wet studio and squirted dye on the snow. I used 2 colors on each, mixing them up with the 5 colors of fiber reactive procion dye that I had mixed. The dyes were Lemon Yellow, Brilliant Blue, Pagoda Red, Ultra Violet and Forest Green. I tend to choose dyes that are mixtures of color, rather than what they call "primaries" so that the colors come apart on the fabric and give some really unique results. Here are the fabrics after I put dye on them:

And here they are melting . . .

You can see the dye start to wick down into the fabric:

And melting . . .

And more wicking . . .

Over half way - this takes probaby 6-8 hours to get it totally melted.

And I took these just before I went to bed. The snow is nearly gone. I thought this was going to be a rather ugly piece from looking at this, but it's NOT!!

Here they are totally melted. I let them sit like this till they're room temperature, (or 24 hours, whichever comes first!) then rinse them out by hand, then they go through 2 super hot washes, the first with synthrapol in my dye dedicated top loader and the second in my front loader with regular detergent and fabric softener on the sanitary cycle. They're in the wash now, so as soon as they're done and I can iron them, I'll post pictures of the results. Stay tuned!!

(Yes, that's the "ugly" one!)