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Friday, January 9, 2015

Ugly duckling 2

Here is the second ugly duckling. I don't remember anymore how I dyed this piece of fabric, but it did not turn out great:

First step to improve it, is to over dye it. I soda soaked it, crunched it and placed it in this glass jar. It is the middle piece. Added ice cubes and a couple of teaspoons of rosebud procion dye powder.

The next day it looked like this:

Much improved, but I wanted to do more to it. My stamp this time was a slice of loofah and as paint I used burgundy Lumiere textile paint.

And a second layer using a bigger slice of loofah and gold nugget metallic Bella paint.

With this as result. Isn't it gorgeous?


  1. I think I need to start setting aside my uglies into a handy redo pile. Thanks!

  2. That really is wonderful! When it warms up in the frigid north I'm taking to my dye studio in the basement and get to it. Continuing to work on your "uglies" is an inspiration.

  3. Beautiful piece, and you are inspiring me to overdue some of my old uglies.
    Is that dye color actually called Rosebud? Where is it from?

  4. Judy, it is an old one from G&K.

  5. Inspirational fix up! Love the layering and different colors - I will be having fun with my own uglies soon.

  6. Real richness and depth to this piece now. Lovely


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