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Friday, January 3, 2014

Round Robin anyone?

Round Robin Fabric - 2009

How many of you have participated in a “Round Robin” project?  I have been involved with two, and they were a very interesting way to collaborate with others in creating a unique piece of fabric using various Surface Design techniques.  The downside is that, even though each group only had about 6 members, it took about 6 months for the fabrics to make the rounds and return back to the originator.
So, I thought instead of doing a Round Robin in the usual way, I would do something slightly different:  a self-challenge to use at least six Surface Design techniques!  Sound like fun?  Well, let’s see what happens, okay?    I will be using a piece of cotton, probably bleached muslin or Kona cloth. It will be laundered to remove all sizing, brighteners and impurities to prepare it for dyeing.  I will post about each technique as I use it, and will let you see the fabric as I progress through the various techniques.  I hope you will join me during the month of July, 2014!
I will post about each technique as I use it, and will let you see the fabric as I progress through the various techniques.  I reserve the right to determine the order in which I apply each technique – some are best left until the end, such as foiling, and some are better to start with, such as dyeing.

What I would love is to have you join me in this challenge, and I would love to get e-mails from you showing me your results!  I will be happy to post them on the blog if you are comfortable with that, so all our viewers can see.  You can e-mail me at tiedyejudy @ yahoo dot com (convert it to the format needed first) to let me know if you are going to join this project.  If you want to use the same techniques that I do, that is fine.  Or if you want to do your own Round Robin selecting your own set of techniques, that works too!  Not sure how to do a particular technique?  I invite you to delve into our archives and search on the technique, or post a comment asking for assistance, and I’ll do my best to create a mini-tutorial.  


  1. I am already planning my fabric! Very cool idea.

  2. This sounds like a great way to do a round robin!

  3. I'll give it a try. Sounds fun.

  4. By golly, I should have the table cleared by July and I shall try to keep the calender clear. Great idea!

  5. I will join you for sure, see what comes out of a solo-round-robin, great idea!

  6. I'd love to play, too. Are we supposed to do the same technique as you, or do we pick our own? Either way, it sounds fun!


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