A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.
Monday, April 7, 2014
One Step Past Ann Johnston
This is a yard long piece of linen-cotton blend. It does not take the colors strongly so the color is more muted than it would have been on cotton.
This is Ann's flat dyed ombre technique. First, lay the fabric flat on a surface that you can dye on. The fabric needs to already be wet with soda ash water. Pour the dye mixture, in this case grape, on one corner or section of your fabric. From there you just keep diluting the dye with soda ash water and move the liquid down the rest of the fabric using your hands. Batch, rinse, wash, dry, of course. As you see it leaves a very nice graduated color. It is fine for cutting up to use in a quilt but a bit boring as a whole cloth piece.
The fabric is not finished. The middle is a bit too muddy to use as a whole cloth quilt. I won't dye it again. I think that would make it far too muddy. Next step will be stamping. But for now, I will let it
sit for a while till I have a better idea of where I want to go with it.