Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tutorial for Double Lightning Bolt

I had a link to a tutorial for this pattern on my site for a long time, but the link died, so I have created a new tutorial here.  I don't do this pattern very much, but really love how it can come out if you take a little time, and work to get the dyes into the folds!  Hope you enjoy this one!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Time to revamp the site!

My apologies to all who visit here... I have been neglecting this site for way too long, and desperately need to update, revamp, and add to it.  I will leave it up for now, but hope to gradually transition it into a more helpful site for all who love tie-dye.  Some of the links I relied on for information are no longer active or available, so I will need to come up with better references or write tutorials, primarily for some of the patterns I see viewed the most... lightning bolt being one of the top patterns visited!  So be patient, and I will do my best to get some work done here.  I am also going to add a few posts on batik, using soy wax.  Here are some samples of what I have been doing with soy wax the past couple of years, that might interest you:

So stay tuned, and I hope to bring this site back to life soon!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

On-line Summer Tie-dye Quilt Class!

For those of you who want to learn more about tie-dye, and who also like to sew, here's a great way to combine both!  Check out my other blog's On-line class, offered this summer!  It's a great way to learn basic folds, plus you will have a great finished product with the fabrics you dye!  Here's a picture of the one I created while writing the class:
You can make one like this, or create your own design for using the fabrics!  And of course, the same fold and dye techniques can be used for clothing items as well.  Hope you will join me!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

More scrunch dyeing

I recently scrunch dyed a piece of muslin with the intention of overdyeing with black in a swirl... something I have been doing on shirts a lot lately. However, after doing the first dyebath with the colors, I decided to stop there and use the fabric for a whole cloth wall hanging. Here is the fabric before I began to highlight with stitching:

When I hung the fabric on my design wall, it looked like a Solar Eruption to me, so that's what I named it. Stitching has begun to highlight the design, and I will probably add some other embellishments such as beading before I'm done. Just wanted to share an example of what you can get from a simple scrunch!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lightning Bolt tutorial

I updated the tie-dye wiki yesterday with photos and a description of how to fold a double lightning bolt. Click here to see the tutorial.

Friday, July 15, 2011

New video

Hi, fellow dyers! At long last, I have a new video! It's a demo on scrunch dyeing, with a bonus segment on freeze dyeing, with a comparison of the two shirts dyed. You can view it on youtube, and there will be a link on the sidebar in a few moments. It's not my best work, but I hope it encourages you to try the techniques I am demonstrating... I have had good results from both versions. Happy dyeing!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Quick update

Wow! How time flies when you're havin' fun... dyeing! I have been very busy this year doing lots of dyeing, and hope to have time in July to do those promised demos... one more show, then I get a rest until late August when I teach a dyeing class and participate in our community's annual Open Studios tour. Meanwhile, I have been experimenting in some loose accordion fold dyeing. Here are a couple of examples:

I really like the results I'm getting with this technique, and it's so easy! The garments above are both rayon, and they take the dye differently than cotton jersey does. I haven't tried this on cotton yet... maybe next month! Stay tuned, and happy dyeing!