Indigo Dyeing Session This week the group have completed their discharge experiments and used the lovely weather to experiment with Indigo dyeing. Some interesting effects have been achieved. Thanks Chris for providing and mixing for us.
Exploration - taking dye out of fabric
Over recent weeks we have been looking at the effects we might achieve when we try to remove colour from natural fabrics, Each of us has stitched different varieties of cotton, linen or silk to a wadding background. These were then quilted as each of us thought best.
The quilted samples were then dyes with Procion MX dyes in black. The nature of black dyes are that they have either a blue or yellow bias. This leads to samples looking slightly different depending on the dye and the strength used. The fabric needs to be rinsed until the rinse water runs clear. Row 2 - Initial dyeing was too light. The piece was dyed again and then discharged ( had dye taken out in selected areas)