2011/06/16

Natural Dyeing

naturally dyed


My natural dyeing class at the Workroom just ended on Monday and I came home with beautiful hand dyed fabrics. Dyeing used to seem so intimidating to me because of all the chemicals and procedures involved, but Julie just made it so easy. I don't understand most of the chemical reactions that happen in natural dyeing but I think I'm good at following recipes. It's kind of like cooking, you just need to know what ingredients to use. We also got to experiment with shibori, which I find so fascinating, since every piece comes out to be a total surprise.

When I have my apartment set up, I hope to sew these into summer shirts and dresses. I have so many ideas already.

Happy Friday+ weekend to you!

11 comments:

Ida Nielsen said...

They look absolutely beautiful! What kind of ingredients did you use? (onions, beets?)
Btw I'm in LOVE with your chair!

amanda jane said...

I am quite impressed! these are lovely and I'm also with Ida...I love the chair!

julie schmulie said...

they look great may! you guys were a great group - i really enjoyed it. thanks!

Maria said...

they look really beautiful :)

happy weekend, may!

studio meez said...

Beautiful! I love the colors!

Mdmslle. said...

Really really good job! I love these fabrics & am so curious to see what you will make out of it!

Lisa said...

Very pretty fabrics!

Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

So amazing. x hivenn

alexandria said...

I love how creative you are and I like that chair too!

May said...

Ida: I used mostly grounded ones you buy in a store. These include Osage, Cochineal, logwood and indigo. The second piece of fabric from the top is the only one dyed with kitchen ingredient. It's onion skin.

Ida, Amanda, Alexandria: Thanks! I love that chair too! It's a chair named Heywoodite made in the 50s for schools. I love kijiji/Craigslist!

Julie, Maria, Studio Meez, Mdmslle, Jazzy E: Thank you! I had so much fun dyeing these, I'd like to do this more often!

Bridget said...

impressive. i am not a terribly creative type so i'm interested to see what you do with those!

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