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Thursday
Apr112013

Making my mark!

My days at Committed to Cloth are heavenly.  It is a heck of a flog to get there - nearly 2 hours in the morning and about and hour and a half on the way home - but the hours in between are just wonderful.  I love the learning, I love the experimenting, I love the calm and the creativity. In short I just love it!

Today we were focusing on using dyes as paints and it was fascinating.  I love the chemical side to it.  We learn recipes and try unusual media to make the whole thing work properly. I bought some delightful little measuring spoons to help me be more accurate in my use of dyes - I even have one which measures 1/16th of a teaspoon!  Now that is accuracy!.

Before we started on today's learning we had a quick recap on what had been achieved last session.  As I was busy negotiating crutches at that time, I was fascinated to see what was done - especially as I have a catch-up day planned for next week.

 

These two photos show how, by varying the strength of the dyes, a complete range of colours can be made by dyeing half the fabrics first scarlet and then brown and the other half scarlet then brown.  Aren't the colours just luscious?  But look below at the ranges of colours when the scarlet is substitued with magenta and brown with black:

I think there are 15 shades in each run and that is just using the reds mixed with brown and black, there are still colours such as acid lemon and golden yellow, turquoise and royal blue to go.  How's your maths going, I reckon that is about 90 shades in all!!!

We moved on then to mark making.  It's almost a zen-like activity!  You just get lost in making marks and then trying to experiment with paler/thinner dyes over the top of the black and seeing what you make.

 

They probably don't look much to the untutored eye but I have learnt much today about how to make marks and what I can do with different tools.

Here is a little picture of some prints I did just in their raw black and white state and below is the outcome once I have had a little dabble with some coloured dye.

Worth driving for 3 1/2 hours for?  It is to me!!!!

Reader Comments (4)

OMG Sally, these look fabulous. This is the sort of stuff we did on the textiles course.....it's so much fun isn't it? Mark making & dying the fabric....heavenly. Well worth the travelling to & from I reckon. Hope you have many more fun filled times there.....*sigh*....I'm soooo jealous. xxxx
Thursday, April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela
Looks like you had a great day! X
Thursday, April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon peters
Wow...love the colours and the circle marks! fascinating Sally. I believe you that the driving is worth it. I look forward to seeing further projects. Jules x
Thursday, April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJules
Looks like someone has been having fun! Looking good.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCherry

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