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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Scrunch Dyeing – a few examples and more borrowed plumes

I don’t have too much experience in scrunch dying. This is of course my fault. So trying to mend this gap i’ll try to adorn myself with borrowed plumes ...  
To keep it in line, first my few examples.
Though I dye all my fabric myself, I do mostly solid colours. My older scrunch dyed fabrics ended up sewn as dresses.
Here is one which a friend of mine streched as a colour panel for her wall.
I did some new scrunch dyeing this month, using not only monochrome or analogue colours but the whole palette: mixing red, bright orange, sun yellow, intense blue.
Here is one with intense blue and bright orange.
What interested me more, to make a nice scrunch-dyed fabric with pale colours. I found dyeing pale colors much more difficult as strong ones and apparently I still have to work on the right dosage.

And here are my ice-cube scrunch-dyed fabrics. During the process

and the results

The blue became very pale and though I used mixing red (a slower red) it still turned out too close to fuchsia. The results both in the blue and in the red, I think have to do with the cold.

And now the borrowed plumes: They are from my friend Heide Stoll-Weber who is a magnificent dyer and who’s beautiful fabrics are very sought after, at least here in Europe. I asked Heide for some examples, how she uses her multicolored, scrunch-dyed fabrics.
First five quilts of her older series, Sprituals. They are machine-pieced and embroidered with seed-stitch with hand-dyed embroidery floss.

They are beautiful examples to use these fabrics. If you would like to see more of her recent work here are some pictures of her latest exhibition.

Thanks for reading it and I'm happy to hear your comments.


  1. Beata, your ice dyed fabric came out great. I also love the quilts from Heidi. You don't know this but the blog post your linked to was the very first blog post of yours that I read. I can't remember how I found you but I'm glad I did.

  2. Beata, your scrunch dyed fabrics turned out very nice. It is interesting that some came out looking much "softer" than others. Heidi's pieces are fabulous. Thanks for sharing them.

  3. Once again I thank you for the examples. I've dyed so many yards of fabric but have that creative block to cut and combine! Beautiful examples! Thanks so much!

  4. Wonderful examples, Beata! I love your fabrics, and Heide's work is beautiful!


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