I decided to do two shows this weekend. Yes, I have lost my mind. Or at least if I haven’t, I will as I prepare.
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10:00am-4:00pm
Avant Garde Columbus
St. Agatha Church (Parish Hall)
1860 Northam Road Columbus, OH 43221
Sunday, May 12, 2013, Noon-5:00pm
North Market Artisan Sunday
59 Spruce Street, Columbus, OH
I will be debuting my naturally dyed quilt fabrics for the first time!
Shibori patterned fat quarters, naturally dyed
I actually got some sets finished!
Semi-Solids, Naturally Dyed
Shibori Pattern 1
Shibori Pattern 2
And, for your reference, here are the colors and their dyes:
It is interesting to note that green was an expensive color until the advent of synthetic dyes. There are natural dye sources that dye greenish but none that truly make a green. Instead you have to dye the yarn or fabric twice – once in indigo/woad and once or twice in yellow. Since indigo based dyes sit on the fiber and are not chemically bonded the same way most dyes are, it is tricky to know what order to dye. Do you potentially contaminate the indigo bath with yellow fabric or do you dye blue first and then dye it yellow? It is an interesting problem. I have found that dyeing blue over the yellow creates a blue fabric. Dyeing yellow over the blue I think dyes the indigo particles and thus yields a better green.
I have added indigo dyed fat quarters to my Etsy store. But the response has been lukewarm. I don’t think I am promoting them enough. I think folks are waiting to see what other colors I pull out of my dye pot. So here is a teaser of what I have been dyeing.
I use Kona Cotton fabric as that is what quilters tell me they like. The picture below is my semi-solids. The dyes were a combination of indigo and weld, madder, weld and indigo.
Next is shibori patterned using Pomegranate rinds.
And finally, my favorite, shibori with madder.
I am thinking of putting these into bundles of 6 fat quarters. I am still trying to decide on a price. Any ideas out there?