The morning was spent getting the fabrics ready.
It may be a cold and blustery start to the summer but at least we had a sunny warm day for our Indigo! workshop last week, which is just as well because we dip the fabrics outside!
The morning was spent getting the fabrics ready.
Stitch resists produce lovely results, but do take a long time to do; perhaps it's a winter activity whilst watching TV or chatting with friends over a cup of coffee/ glass of wine, ready for a mega dipping day in the summer! Then you could make a day of it and come with like minded friends to the next InStitches Indigo! workshop.
We also used folding, pleating, scrunching and soya wax resisits. Here is Terry modelling the Sew Me Something 'Beatrice' pinafore I made recently. I used some of our MS1 fabric, added a soya wax border and now it's ready for the indigo bath.
The indigo process is a bit smelly, so we do like a warm day so we can be outdoors. Each student carefully made up their own vat and
then it needs to be left to stand for about an hour before it's magic time...
Indigo is an oxidisation dyeing process and the colour develops as the dipped fabrics are exposed to the air. When it first comes out of the dye bath it is the most amazing green, how we wish we could capture it at that point! Then it gradually turns dark blue. To deepen the colour it's not about the length of time the fabric spends in the dye vat, but how many times it is dipped and oxidised.
Pole wrapped fabrics are a bit of a challenge, so squishing them up as tight as possible onto a short pole is the answer, or rotating the pipe.
Dipping my dress was another challenge, but as I wanted a faded look I kept it on it's hanger and gradually lowered into the vat over several minutes. I love the way the colour starts to creep up the damp fabric, don't you?
After each dip the fabrics needs to be allowed to oxidise fully and the best way to do this is pegging it out in the sun. It can then be redipped until the required depth of colour is achieved. Once the fabrics have been dipped enough times it needs to be left to dry before washing, rinsing and drying. And of course, the ironing will be a joy (unlike the rest of the ironing basket...)
If you want to see more indigo loveliness then head over to our Indigo board on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/InStitches2014/indigo/
Last month Terry and I were busy printing and dyeing fabrics ready to make up our fabric packs for sale at the various shows we shall be at through the summer, and this month Inspiration to Stitch students were enjoying the process too!
As well as using flour resists for pattern making there was soya wax too. The wonderful thing about using soya wax as a resist is that there is no tedious ironing between sheets of newsprint to remove the wax - it simply washes out!
You can print with anything that has a big enough pattern on it to show up through flour paste or wax - we love potato mashers for flour and have quite a collection, but everything from forks to bent wire shapes to cookie cutters and cardboard tubes work well for both techniques and of course traditional tjantings can be used for wax. Just remember the wax is hot, so be careful with plastic, and utensils should not be used for food afterwards.
The imperfections which give the character and personality to these pieces come from the drips of wax that are unavoidable without taking a huge amount of care - and we're always too impatient for that!
Once the resists have dried it's time to bring on the colour...
We're using Procion dyes thickened with Manutex paste which gives a great consistency for printing and scraping onto cloth with a our favourite tool - the trusty credit card! We like to mix the colour as it goes on to the fabric - possibly another 'imperfection' for some - but this gives great texture to the fabric.
Thickened dye is good for screen-printing with traditional screens and Thermofaxes too - but that's the subject of another post!
bye for now
Hazel & Terry
The rain is not dampening our creativity this afternoon, take a look at the ITS students work today...
Nina is colouring the background to her screen prints
and so is Jane.
Margaret used a charity shop find potato masher to make this wonderful flour resist print.
The Long Man of Wilmington, as printed by Norma!
It's a dull, wet day in Yateley but here at InStitches we are making merry with the thickened Procion dyes again. Today's session started with our usual show & tell, so we all admired ( and coverted!) each other's fabrics from last times session. Take a look.....lush or what??
If you fancy having a go and can't wait until the next Inspiration to Stitch course starts in September then have a look at what is on offer at the InStitches Summer School: Can't Resist It. We have three whole days of design, resist techniques, fabric painting....... and hopefully sunshine!
InStitches are Hazel Ryder and Terry Donaldson. Our mission is to provide exciting courses for lovers of patchwork, quilting, dyeing, sketchbooks and stitching. Check out our current courses on our website.