When Beth asked me to be a resident artist, I thought it sounded like a great idea; I started packing my suitcases and checking flight schedules ... and then she mentioned posting photos and writing blog posts... well, okay, I'm all over that. Blogging in my jammies and posting photos about stuff I love to do? Count me in. I've been a follower of the Fire blog for a while now. Just between you and me, I think I'm on the list of contributors so I don't post so many questions. :)
My plan for this week is to string you along with a simple, easy as buying a slice of pie, dyeing tutorial. Show you the good stuff, briefly point to what can go wrong, and then inform you that I have no idea where you can buy the stuff you need. But wait... I will give you an opportunity over on my blog this week to win your own little bundle of "secret string," so don't go away mad.
A few years ago, my daughter and I began
Ignore the fabric in the photo above - that was a sample of contact printed poinsettia leaves and it washed out completely. Just toss out those holiday plants and move on.
One last photos of a project I've done with the string-that-dyes. Bookmarks with a kite image made from weaving the yarn on a 2" square Weave-it loom. The background is a photo of a watercolor of mine that I printed on the cloth after boiling the fabric with the string.
Come back Wednesday and Friday for some process photos and lots more samples. Go to my blog for a chance to receive several yards of the string so you can try it at home. Then you'll be on the lookout for more string that might bleed onto your cloth! This is weaving yarn with a bad rep. No one wants to weave a plaid fabric only to have the dark yarn bleed onto the lights. And did you know there is artists tissue paper that is made to bleed onto fabric? The quilt forums are full of discussions about how do you remove dye that has bled from one fabric to the others. Maybe we should try marking fabric with some of that bleeding fabric.
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