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Monday, February 10, 2014

Another way of tray dyeing with Ann Johnston

Another experiment, inspired by Ann's DVD. Same type of fabric, same folding, same tray, same amount of dyes. Just put the harmonica folded package vertical (instead of laying flat) in the tray where the orange colour is welcoming the soda soaked fabric, waiting for 15 minutes.

Take the package out, clean the tray, and pour the blue colour in the tray.
Now turn the package upside down, into the tray and wait for a few minutes.

Then, push the sides into the tray, but leave the red middle-part on top. Voila, more stripes, for another type of quilt:

You know it's a good piece if you see this after rinsing ;-)"

Next monday, a bigger piece in a self-build installation, happy dyeing!


  1. I love all the little veins of color. I don't remember this from the video so thanks for the step-by-step instructions and photos.

  2. I love this! The bleeding of orange onto blue is fabulous!

  3. Beautyfull, what a nice colors!

  4. Having done mostly solids and mottled solids I'm starting to really 'get' this! :)

  5. I'm really enjoying this. I'm a visual person and your photos and writing make it easy.

  6. This so beautiful I am going to have to try it, thank you for sharing.

  7. Love this and love this month's artist!

  8. I love the way the red bled into the blue. gorgeous!

  9. @Beth you are absolutely right that this might not be on the video, but I wanted to experiment further with 'pushing your fabric into the dye with low water'. First as a whole, now partly. The DVD is such a good starting point for new ways to explore.


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