Tuesday, July 3, 2007

New Fabric, Part I

It was such a beautiful day this past Saturday, I grabbed the opportunity to discharge some fabrics I had recently dyed.

On the left is the blue-ish and red-ish fabric I had dyed and then discharged. On the right, I've added various colors. This all started in March and April.

On the left, in June, I screened on several colors and shapes. On the right is what it looked like after washing and ready for more discharge.

On the left is after discharging and on the right is after washing.

And this is what the whole piece looks like now. (The sun is shining on some of it.) Don't know what I'm going to do with it yet, but I think it's done. This is one of the largest pieces of fabric I've worked on.

I generally prefer to work with smaller pieces of fabric (more of those in Part II), but no matter what the size, you never know what you are going to get, and for me that is a big part of the fun. It took me a while to let go and enjoy whatever resulted. I learned that, after all, if you don't like it, you can always go back and do more. Thanks, Rayna.

For example, I made this fabric with all the leftover dye. When I screened a grid with discharge paste, I just put it in the sun. The grid turned purple. Of course I really loved it and so when I washed the fabric, the purple was gone. I may have to go back in with purple dye.

Stay tuned for New Fabric, Part II.


Rayna said...

oooh - awewome, Rachel! You have outdone yourself.

Joanie San Chirico said...

Gorgeous Rach!
Just amazing stuff.. looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Nice enough to not do anything and just frame it!

Dianna in Maui said...

Rachel, you did a beautiful job! Why cut it up? Just quilt it and finish it - or frame it, like Joanie says, but quilting may add another dimension. Just lovely.

Gerrie said...

Just joined the SAQA ring and found your blog. This is wonderful work!

Rachel said...

Thank you Rayna, Joanie, Dianna, and Gerrie for your comments. As I continue to experiment with different techniques, your responses are very encouraging. I promise to get New Fabric Part II posted soon.