Sunday, 26 March 2017

New Colour Family Complete

I have had a great weekend dyeing a fabric sample set.  I had some help with some good friends, so it only took 2 days instead of a month.  I can't reveal the exact process I have used here, but it is a process that I learned last year.

I started out cutting up 343 6.5inch squares from PFD fabric.

Then coded and sent through the dye prices to get them all dyed to the correct colours.  Lots of stirring and stirring.



More Stirring

Stirring ...

More and more Stirring

This process is amazing it is quite a lot of work - but in the end I get a great set of samples that I can reproduce. Using a process of over-dyeing I don't need to dye each square separately it just appears in the last set of dye buckets.

Look colours forming before our eyes. 

Then they just need to be sorted - will need to be ironed and prepared for the next step. 

All set and ordered ready to cut up and place into the book.  Will work on that over the next few days to get it all done.  

Next weekend, I will get some fabric dyed that I will get to use to make into a quilt.  I will post an updated then.   

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Such a long break from Quilting/Dyeing

Well the past 6 to 8 months have been quite rough for me.  My in August my mother went into the hospital (again).  She had not been taking care of her self very well and had lost a lot of weight and had gotten to the point where she could not swallow very well.  She responded well in the hospital and improved, however they told her that she should not be living alone.  I have spent the past half year going back and forth to visit her and helping her settling in to a care facility.  

She is still in a shared room, however, she seems to be settling in well.  I don't like being so far a way, however, I do have a job that allows for me to go out an visit her fairly often.  I have been out every month for at least a week since she moved out of her condo.  My next trip will be for Easter.

I am now feeling that I can finally get back into doing some dyeing and maybe even some quilting.  I have rearranged my sewing room and long-arm room and next weekend, I hope to get my dye studio (grandiose word for corner of the basement) arranged so I can get some dyeing done.

My fist  plan is to do another of the colour families as I learned in Carol Soderlund's Workshop.  I will be the second one that I have done since I took her course last year.  I have 2 other colour families I would like to do, but of course there are 80 some combinations that can be done with the dyes I use.

I also hope to keep up with this blog some more, I will try and touch base here at least once a week.  If you are out there reading please let me know.  I have not advertized this blog much, but it would be nice to know if people have found me.