Journaling my journey as someone who makes unique handmade embellishments for the body, walls and dining tables. My materials include earthenware and porcelain clays, cloth, yarn, paper, glass beads and digital illustrations. I am a writer, visual storyteller, dreamer, working traveler, Pow Wow dancer, sharing maker of objects & an avid cook -- dyeing cloth on Skaru:'re Ancestral Homeland in Eastern North Carolina.
Come Back As A Flower
Mixed Media Self-Portrait (Sculpted clay mask, fabric & digital illustration)
Day 55: Using Fiber Reactive Dyes in a Home Studio
As a child I learned how to dye yardage of cotton fabric
using indigo.However, I learned to use
other dyestuffs including fiber reactive dyes in the Textiles Dept. at
ECU.Large amounts of Pro-Chemical MX
dye solutions were mixed each week and individual users activated them in
smaller batches as needed.In an
academic studio environment this system is cost effective.However, for me in my home studio it wasn’t,
so I needed another method.
Supplies Ready 2 Use
My goal is to dye plant-based fabrics for quilts in one-yard
batches.So, I reversed the process by
making a one-gallon stock solution activated with soda ash plus salt.I add the powdered dye to either 2 or 3 cups
of solution.I’m experimenting with
reworking my recipes from Christine Zoller’s Surface Design class, and I’m
excited to see my results.I started
this journey today with two-gallons of stock solution, which I will batch for
24 hours.I’m experimenting with new
color combinations in search of Iroquois purple.My samples today include bleached and
unbleached muslin, unbleached linen and silk.I included some samples of dyeing MX over acid dyed silk and indigo dyed
cotton.Results coming tomorrow!