Thursday, May 6, 2010

Playing at Dyeing

On Tuesday my friend Suzanne and I had a day playing with dyes.
I have no idea about dying but Suzanne does so I just muddle along and what I end up with is pure chance.
We were looking for subtle colours(don't aske me to name the colours of the dyes that we used 'cos I haven't a clue) anyway we felt that they were getting a bit dark -not what we wanted-so we washed them out a bit earlier than we should have done.
I am happy with the pieces that I experimented with but I haven't yet seen the ones that Suzanne did.
I love this soft antique rose colour- just what I wanted because I want to make some vintage stuff for the exhibition sales table.





This was a white hand croched doiley --I love it.




Here are some different fabrics--top left a fine linen-right felt-bottom left-scrim and a piece of furnishing braid.
The colours are a bit dark but I am happy with them.




This is felt and laces and they are beautiful--well I think so anyway.





Here is some braid and laces and I do know the colours here were purple and olive.



And some Perle 8 thread-------




We used jam jars to dye this stuff in and we poked all different types of fabrics-braids-threads etc into the jars and added the dyes etc on top of them.



11 comments:

Janet said...

Oh, pretty!! I like the soft rose color and of course the purple and olive lace is gorgeous. I used to dye things all the time when I was younger but that was just using a box of Rit dye! I'm sure you used something more professional to do these. What fun!!

Pat said...

Great combination of purple and olive. Looks like a fun day.

maggi said...

I am drooling!

susanmcb said...

Sounds like you had a heap of fun Doreen - love the soft colours. Look forward to seeing them again in another form....Sue McB

Joei Rhode Island said...

Yummy! Love the soft colors. I go this weekend to have a dye party with a friend. Hope my results are as good!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Very pretty results - love the subtle colours. What type of dye did you use?

kiwicarole said...

Love your results Doreen, the colours are really very pretty. When you dye the pearle cotton do you just buy the plain white cotton?

Aussie Jo said...

MMMMM gorgeous colours

Angelcat said...

What fantastic dye results. the colours are so pretty. Looks like you had a fun day.

Lise said...

Lovely results, Doreen! The laces are great. I received a book called "Colours to dye for" the other day. Now I just need to order some colours. I'm planning to make lot of mess outdoor during the summer!!
Do you take a challenge? I was asked to write a blogpost about inspiration for sewing. I did earlier today. Now I wonder where/how you find your inspiration....

Val said...

For someone who doesn't know much about dyeing your results are real yummy - lucky you!!