Friday, February 8, 2013
Projects using scrunch dyed fabrics
Now that we have scrunch dyed some fabrics, what do we do with it? Well, I thought I would share a few projects I have made using my scrunch dyed fabrics. Most of the time, the project comes to mind after the fabrics are dyed, but I do have one Landscape Quilt I created several years ago, where I specifically dyed the fabrics to use in making the quilt:
I used a photograph I took of some rocks as my inspiration, but needed to enhance the design with color. I had a lot of fun experimenting with various colors to come up with the right combinations!
For the fabrics I dyed for my earlier posts, I did not have any specific ideas about what I would do with them ahead of time. I was more interested in comparing the different variations to see what results I would get. Once I finished the dyeing, I had to go through a period of mulling over what I thought might be a good project that would showcase the fabrics in an interesting way. I actually came up with a couple of ideas, and I'm in the process of pursuing one based on Rayna Gillman's book, "create your own free-form quilts. If you are unfamiliar with Rayna or her techniques, you can see posts here in the January 2012 archives, or visit Rayna's blog here for more info.
Here are some pictures of stripsets and blocks I have created so far using my scrunch dyed fabrics, other hand dyed fabrics and commercial fabrics all from my stash:
Needless to say, I have just begun, but already I'm caught up in ways I can use these fabrics in what will probably end up an abstract wall hanging. I hope to use a couple of larger pieces to showcase the designs that I got with the scrunching technique. I will post more as I go along, and I hope to see posts or links from others this month showing your dyeing experiments as well as projects where you use the fabrics you dyed!