Sunday, January 28, 2007

Playing With Dyes Again

overdyed scarfAs I explained to a frustrated fiber artist at the dye workshop on Saturday morning, the results of my first ever trip to Days to Dye For at Alice Brinkman's studio were so spectacularly disappointing that now I come with low expectations. It allows me to play (and often fail) as I learn and experiment with new processes and chemistry. Here are the results of my most recent efforts.

Saturday we focused on pole wrapped shibori methods. I brought back the once purple scarf that I'd discharged last fall with the intention to overdye it--I expected the navy dye to be darker, but I think it's moving in the right direction.

I also overdyed a hand-dyed yellow fat quarter--I think this is going to make great tropical leaves.

leaf fabric?

I'd recently seen some fabulous shibori socks on Flickr and had to try some of my own. I went on a last minute hunt for white 100% cotton socks on Friday night ... and came to the studio with low expectations. I think these need more color, but have possibilities.

socks

I think everyone in the studio on Saturday wished we'd had more time to wrap and dye and add more complexity to some of our pieces ... I came home thinking I needed to make my tiny space workable as a micro dye studio and work in a less distracting environment. I also decided I needed Karren K Brito's book on Shibori. I often love my accidental results and really should figure out how to reproduce them ...

7 comments:

Teresa Suek said...

Sophie,
I have Karen's book and just love it. It is very inspiring. I love everything you did, keep it up!

Sewing Up A Storm said...

I think the socks would look great if you overdyed the blue one in either green or yellow and overdye the red one in orange. You would still have the shibori but they would be much more colorful.

I have dabbled in shibori and it is really fun!

Debra Spincic said...

Check out the socks! Fun!

sophie said...

I think the socks will be fun to wear this summer after they're overdyed (or painted or ...) I was thinking yellow and pink over the salmon ones--the color is really not as red as it looks in the photo--and maybe a lighter blue or blue-gray on the blue ones ... though I liked Ami's suggestion for green ;-)

Samantha said...

These look wonderful- I don't dye myself, but admire the works of those that do!

Kay said...

I love the socks. Almost makes me think of taking up dying--but I can think bettter of that fast.

Heidi said...

wow! they all look great! i don't dye either, but this is sure tempting me to give it a try!

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