Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Fabric dyeing and TAST

For years I vowed never to get into fabric dyeing - way too messy - I could see myself splattering stuff everywhere - I have always found the concept of being creative whilst remaining tidy too bizarre for words. However, I recently relented and invested in some Procion dyes. I got some undyed yarns from here. And then I had a play! This photo is a little dark, but I dyed some cotton and some scrim/cheesecloth and a few different yarns.

And here is what I have started making. I embellished the cheesecloth onto some dyed cotton, with a thin layer of dyed merino between - I texturised it quite a bit, embellishing from both front and back - I like the way the little cheesecloth loops come through to the front - then I used some of my coordinating threads to do some of the TAST stitches. I bought a spray of fake flowers (why do they call them silk flowers - who are they kidding?) and pulled them apart - they were white, so I painted them with some Setacolour paints and have embellished them in the centre to hold them down - but the petals stand proud of the base. They aren't very firmly attached - they will need some french knots/beads in the centres.
Obviously this is still a work in progess - needs a lot more stitching - but its a start. And I am quite addicted to dyeing stuff!
The Texere order was shipped promptly, although postage from UK to Australia was a bit steep. Does anyone know of a supplier of undyed yarn closer to home?

1 comment:

Dianne said...

Hi Hilary - they have turned out beautifully!! I've just started to dye too - it isn't as bad as I thought it would be!! Try this site for undyed yarn: