Friday, March 12, 2010

I've Dyed and Gone to Heaven

 

 

 

 


Well, today's my birthday...

...and what a fun week it's been with my friend Nancy, so far!

She has lots of ideas and expertise...

...plus the energy of a jackrabbit!

We made a thrilling trip to my local, strange and amazing fabric store, Jomar's...

It's like nothing else!

There are dollar shirts and pants and 'remaindered' items of all varieties...

...I snatched up a cheap pool noodle and two rattan beach mats for use in my felting.

And there's fabric...lots and lots of fabric...

...stacked on large, open, rustic wooden shelving...

...some of it for as little as $1.00 per yard!

I bought some soft chartreuse lace, red burlap, and netting for my felting...

...and we found some lovely pale grey and cream, soft-draping silk to dye.

Nancy showed me how to prepare the acid-dye solution...

...and we made our dye bath.

We were very careful, wearing a mask and eye protection...

...but I'm still a little afraid of the dye (and even the Synthrapol has a scary warning label on the bottle!)

We've dyed things orange, green, yellow and indigo so far...

...tying and clamping and overdyeing pieces as we went.

It's a lot like felting you know...

...since you don't really know what it'll look like 'till your done!

More photos of our work next time...






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5 comments:

Suzanne said...

Happy Birthday Heather. Nice to see you spending your day doing something so fun!
Your flat felt arrived yesterday -- thank you so much. I can see it turning into a pillow, too!

ArtMind said...

Happy, happy birthday, Heather!
*throws heather in the air*
It sounds like you had a great time with your friends and your dye experiments look awesome! :)

Gina said...

Happy Birthday!

Vilt à la Kim said...

Happy birthday or in ducth "hartelijke gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!"
The pics you have shown looks great so far.
I cannot wait to see the rest!

Sandie Knapp said...

Happy Birthday Heather, and congratulations on all that wonderful dying. Love the blue/green stuff, and that bright orange is amazing! :)