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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hand Dyeing, New Tablerunner, & Quilt Show

Hand Dyeing

I've wanted to dabble in hand dyeing for a long time. It looked like fun! So I took a class with Lynn Koolish last Friday at the Sisters, Oregon Quilt Show. I brought 6 yards of prepared-for-dyeing (PFD, as opposed to pdf!), which I also prewashed and dried. I cut this yardage into 1 yard or smaller quantities so that I ended up with at least 8 separate pieces to "play" with. At least 13 women in the class participated, sharing materials and having a great time. We experimented and learned from one another. Here's a sampling of what I created:
Blue: folded and placed in 2 cup plastic container with dye. This is probably my favorite because of the patterning and variation of color.
Grapes: I painted the grape motif with a corks that another woman had glued together in the shape of a bunch of grapes. I used a sponge brush to paint the leaves, and sprayed the background lightly with yellow.
Chartreuse Lattice: I sprayed the background lightly with yellow, squirted lines of orange (which bled), dotted purple with a squirt bottle, and drew the lattice with a sponge brush. 
Spaceships??: I used a natural sponge to "blop" with purple. I took my bottle cap to stamp the pink circles with my gloved hands, which resulted in "bunny ears". I added some blue with the natural sponge, then drew squares with a sponge brush in green.

Aqua Spirals: Aqua paint on natural sponge, painted with purple spirals.
American Flag??: I didn't mean to imitate the flag, but there you go! If I had turned it upside down, it would look different, right? This was the best technique, I think, though I do like what happened with the folded fabric. Created with a fabric-wrapped PVC pipe ("rag-roller") for the green. Red squirt-lines of paint in left corner were scraped with a plastic thing-y used for texturing walls or cakes. Used natural sponge to make light blots of red on the green.
Wild: Green rag-roller, red scraped with plastic texture tool as well as rectangle sponge blops, squirt bottle blue spirals & stars. Surely there's a use for it...somewhere....
Mop-Up Rag: Suggested by the instructor. I used it to clean up spills, dye that bled through to the plastic tablecloth below my projects, and to blot up areas of too much dye on other projects (note the spirals & stars).

Aqua: fabric was scrunched tightly into another plastic container of dye. The color is lovely, reminding me of a blue sky with some clouds (look closely). The patterning isn't quite as dramatic as the folded piece above.

*Just for fun, vote on which one of the above you like/prefer, if you were shopping for a hand-dye. These are amateur attempts. Use the title under the one(s) you like.

Have you done any hand-dyeing? Have you enjoyed the process? Share some of your creations!

My Creation: New Tablerunner

It's been a busy summer, including some stitching. I started this tablerunner at least 6 months ago. I really like the "hot" colors:

Close up view

The total view

Now I need to find the backing and binding fabric.

Quilt Show: Sisters, Oregon

I apologize to all the artists whose names I regretfully didn't take time to write down (or photograph) to give them rightful credit in the photos. Over 1500 quilts, of all sizes and types, were displayed outdoors & indoors throughout this small Old West town. These are a sampling of some of the ones that took my fancy. Enjoy their talents and inspiration!

View of quilts hanging on the side of Stitchin' Post Fabric Store.











If you know the names of the patterns of any of these quilts, please share them with me. I'll post more details later!

Linking up with creative friends like you!

     Sew Fresh Quilts  AND WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Great job with the fabric dyeing! I've been experimenting with indigo dyeing this summer, and I just love it.

    1. I would love to do indigo dyeing. Keep up the fun!

  2. Looks like you had an incredibly awesome time! Wow! What fun... Dyeing fabric and seeing all these fabulous quilts! Thanks so much for sharing the eye candy with us, Julie. I like your first dyed project best - the Blue one. And my fave quilt is the crashing wave. Looking forward to seeing your finished table runner. Boy you've been busy!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lorna, you're so good about doing that! I'm sorry about your father. That's very sad :(

      Today I posted a particular quilt from that same show. Come back & take a look.

  3. I was at the Sisters show this year too. Small world!! I stayed with my friend who lives in the area and helped out in the quilt show office with her too and hung some quilts. I took a ton of photos as well. They are on my Flickr albums and I have been highlighting some on my blog as well.

    1. Wow! I missed your comment, Daryl. Thanks for stopping by. We probably saw each other at the show, somewhere in the crowd. Wonderful to see all these amazing quilts each year!