Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Dye Results Part Deux

17.5 Yards of breathtaking Special Editions in Cotton.
This was not such an easy task compared to the solid color dyeing. For one thing, the plan was to do this outdoors, but the weather did not get the memo, so we tried the indoor plan. This required layering plastic sheets, one atop another after each layer of dyed panels.
Dripping occurred, shall we say.
Then we decided the next morning to put them out on the lawn for the sun to dry them. The wind was fierce so rocks held down the plastic and fabric and soon we were able to rescue them and do the spectacular washout. I am so PLEASED. They look yummamente.
There is nothing wrong with yesterday's solids, however they are midrange to light, which we all have plenty of already. I want a day of dyeing saturated solids, which required more dye per cup of water than I used initially. And then I want a day of dyeing darks and then I can ride off into the sunset, knowing my job here has been done.
But this Lone Ranger can't quite schedule another two days between now and New Jersey, so today we're shelling at Manasola State Beach, to look for shark's teeth!!!

And now for some QUILT CONTENT

Tommy has these two wonderful wall pieces, ceramic with some nice raku areas, that caught my eye. I thought we could use them as inspiration for our quilting day projects. The idea was to fuse one half yard piece of Special Edition Cottons and go through the steps that I use to produce a design.

We planned to adapt elements from the ceramic wall sculptures, such as the curves, the sections or the faces and translate them into fabric, beginning by sketching the design out in full on the release paper from the wonder-under and then constructing it section by section. While this is something I do all the time, it is not, nay NOT, something I have ever taught as I am making it happen. This was challenging!

I was like having to pay attention and think and then announce the process like a sportscaster. Phew! Trying to look confident, while not having a clue what I should do next was, um, impossible. So I relaxed and just let things happen. It was really really fun. We both did different things, but similar too. I will allow Tommy to post her's when she is ready, but here is mine at the semi-finished point.


I am calling this Tom and Mel, because I can. It is about 15 x 22".

We still got in our daily skate, but at about 3:30 in the afternoon. The strong headwinds made this more difficult than usual and we wore heart monitors to chart our cardio rates. My standing rate is about 85 beats per minute and I was expecting to get it up to 140 while skating. With a few spurts I was able to reach 153, but then it nearly wiped me out and I slowed down quite a bit on the way back. This is a new concept in exercise for me. And I must say it fits right into my competitive nature. If there is a goal to reach for, I am more likely to try and reach it rather than be satisfied with just having a nice skate.

This being Fat Tuesday, we are planning to do something fun ( what? Like this hasn't been fun yet???) How will we top the whirlwind of giggles we have been having? Let me see...

18 comments:

  1. Oh you are having such a blast1 I'm glad for you. Love the quilt.

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  2. your dyed fabrics have my eyes watering I am so moved! they look so damn lucsious I could wrap myself up in them and just skip desert!

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  3. What is this Fat Tuesday bit? Is it the same as Shrove Tuesday over here where we make pancakes to use up the rich milk cream eggs etc before Lent? I love pancakes!

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  4. Linda9:53 AM

    The wall art that belongs to Tommy is made by my friend here near Lansing Michigan - Doug DeLind - his stuff is really neat - I wish I could afford more than the little one that I have on the foyer wall. It is a great inspiration - and I love what you did.

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  5. Oh, you two are having waaaay too much fun! It is even fun watching.

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  6. I really love these new pieces! Wish I could have been a fly on the wall. How do you get the release paper to not be so tacky. After I iron the Wonder under and peel off the release paper, it still has some glue on it. And I have a pretty hot iron.

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  7. YAY! I can finally see your blog again! For some reason, I haven't seen any updates for about 2 weeks, now I can get my regular Fibermania fix again, whew!
    I love the fabrics you're dying and the smaller quilt you did is awesome - I love the way the faces came out.
    BTW, will you or Tommy be sharing the secret to the lazy way to dye those gorgeous gradations? =OD

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  8. The quilt taken from the ceramic is fantastic.
    I have had a card with an abstract face and feather headress for years I always wanted to do something from it. You have made this look so simple. I never knew where to start.
    Love it.

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