Great time up in Hudson, FL at a baby shower where the guests hand dyed little squares of silk broadcloth to be made into a quilt for the soon to hatch baby and they hand dyed silk scarves. Every scarf and square was unique. What a great idea by the “grandma hostess”.
Here are the hand dyed baby squares that will go into a quilt.You can also see someone ironing their dyed scarf so they could dry it and have it to wear right away. Those Color Hue dyes sure make it easy to make art.
Wow, just had to share the photos I just got from Kim O’Mara of her dancing with her Color Hue dyed silk veils.
A weaver asked me about Color Hue dyes and Tencel as well as a Tencel/Silk blend. I thought I would share my answer. She is going to dye the fibers/warp while on the loom as she goes. Great idea! Just needs to let it dry after applying the dyes/water. She said the Tencel was similar to Rayon. I have noticed that rayon, whether the satin rayon devore which has a shine to it or the rayon you are familiar with in shirts and dresses doesn’t take the Color Hue dyes the same as silk. It usually is lighter in color, takes longer to bond with the dyes and it doesn’t seem to dye black. It changes to a smoky blue, sometimes a peachy rust or greenish blue instead.
I decided to look up Rayon on the internet and found this definition. There is more information on how the natural cellulose fiber is changed into Rayon. This explains why the dyes work differently with the Rayon fibers. So once again, testing is important! Hope this helps.
Rayon From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rayon is a manufactured regenerated cellulose fiber. Because it is produced from naturally occurring polymers, it is neither a truly synthetic fiber nor a natural fiber; it is a semi-synthetic or artificial fiber. Rayon is known by the names viscose rayon and art silk in the textile industry. It usually has a high luster quality giving it a bright sheen.
Just wanted to post a picture of an example of one of my students doing pin weaving so you have an idea of what it is. Class I will teach is on 2 June 2012.
I was checking out the Arts Council of Hillsborough Co’s email and clicked a link for their arts events calendar. When I went to it I saw a picture of myself and my collage artwork. What a surprise as I had forgotten about the interview I did at Florida Craftsmen in St. Petersburg, Florida a few years ago. If you want to check it out you can see it on www.artstampabay.com/ or on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_-WjXt1vqSU.
Hope you had a happy Mother’s Day. I helped a couple of kids at a picnic we had with family and friends, how to dye silk scarves for their mothers. They really enjoyed it. We were right by Anderson Lake and the wind blew the scarves dry within minutes. Then off to another friend’s home who is planning her daughter’s wedding in late June. She learned how the dyes work and did a scarf and thought it would be a great bridal shower activity to do as well as at the wedding. Her idea is to have the wedding guests sign in on pieces of silk broadcloth, heat set the ink and then her daughter will turn it into a quilt that she has hand dyed with the Color Hue dyes. Great idea!
On St. Simons Island the Fiber Arts Guild students had a great time learning to use the Color Hue dyes on silk. Here are some pictures of some of the techniques they did.
St. Simons Island students at work with the dyes
Abstract technique with pipette and dyes on wet silk
Spray dyeing through a delicate stencil from Embellishment Village
Dynamic Floral Image
Happy Student with her scarf
My favorite tree on St. Simons Island near the pier and water
Post from Jeanne Strangeland on the scarf she made with Color Hue Dyes and black wax resist. “Hi Marlene, As promised I’m sending you a picture of my fourth scarf I’ve made. … black wax resist, painted, dyed and dipped. Took a while to soften the original picture and get the right brown for the rest of the scarf. I’m happy with this one and look forward to the next. I already know I will need a lot more dye. I bought meters upon meters of different kinds of silk to play with. This scarf is made as a jumbo extra long silk chiffon that I hand hemmed prior to dying. Thank goodness I had the mind to buy the silk thread when I was in Calgary.
I think you created a monster in me…. I look forward to the next one I make. I’m in the process of heming another chiffon with the rolled hem rather than a flat one. Will be fun taking that one through this process. I realize that I have a lot of patience to learn as I play with the wax resist too. I will try this process on the scarves I bought from you too but for now I wanted to make a few for me to wear with my spring clothes.Thanks for the tips.” J.S.