Sunday, December 21, 2008

hand-dyed fabric



one of the perks of working for a craft book publisher are the craft camps that the employees put together in the office twice a year, in the summer and right before christmas. we all get the opportunity to step away from the computers and learn techniques and projects from some of our upcoming books. this month one of our holiday classes was on fabric dyeing...something i thought would surely be a pain in the keester, but it turned out to truly be fast, fun & easy, as the name of this book says!

i started with a strip of 15" wide white muslin and folded it back and forth as if i was going to make it into a paper fan. then i folded it in half, just like you would for a fan. after mixing my dyes and pouring them into a flat pan, i dipped one side of my fan into the blue, and the other side into the green, letting the colors bleed towards each other into the middle.

i had absolutely no idea how it would turn out, but when i unfolded it, i got this amazing zig-zag stripe! i made two little gift bags with it...i can't wait to try it again!

3 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. It reminds me of fabric you might see at the beach in the summer.

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  2. you lucky thing going on craft days out..this technique looks great..and thanks for following my blog..have a great christmas

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  3. Love the title of the book and would love to try the technique for the leaves that are on the front cover. Lucky you because you are creating art for your work!

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