I love dyeing fabric with Procion-MX Fiber Reactive dyes, they allow me to create fabric that is just the color and visual texture that I need for each of my textile art projects
You know how one piece of sparkly jewelry or a metallic accessory can enliven an outfit? Using foil in your surface design can do the same thing for textile art.
When I make small fiber art projects such as prayer flags, I usually start with a vintage textile like a linen napkin or a salvaged piece of a worn-out quilt as my base.
Looking to stir up a little fun in the kitchen? Try dyeing with resists from the kitchen! You can create many of the same effects as wax batik techniques using resists off your pantry shelf.
Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom.
on textile art refers to changing the look of fabric through techniques
such as low-water immersion dyeing, batik, and discharge dyeing (or
removing the color from the fabric), or stamping, stenciling, and
Over the years I've learned several surface design techniques
for creating unique fabrics. Dyeing, fabric painting, discharge dyeing,
stamping, and screen printing--they all make me feel like a kid again,
getting creatively messy with color and pattern
I've heard of using aloe vera gel as a natural healing remedy for skin
conditions. But did you know clear aloe vera gel can be used to achieve
finer painting results on fabric?
I'm at International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston this week, soaking up all the fabric, quilting, and surface design ideas I can and meeting up with old and new fiber art friends.
One of the artists who taped "QATV" segments and a Workshop was Diane Rusin Doran. I was especially taken with the techniques she will teach in her Workshop: awesome hand dyed-fabric effects with digital imagery. Diane created gorgeous fabrics you would think were made in a dye studio-but were all done digitally.
Usually when hand-dyeing fabric
you're trying to put color in. With discharge dyeing, your objective is
to remove color in an artistic way. You can create patterns on fabrics
using many of the same methods you would use for other surface design
processes, including painting and shibori techniques.
If you've never hand-dyed fabric before, the process can seem intimidating. Yet learning how to dye fabric is not that different from learning how to cook. If you follow the recipe and take simple safety precautions, you will almost always end up with a feast of delicious color.
If you're a fiber artist, is it possible to see a tangle of silk
ribbons, a hank of hand-dyed wool fibers, or a stack of thick felt
without wanting to reach out and touch it? Perhaps that's why I like needle-felting so much.
Want to stay cool with a hot surface design technique this summer? Learn How to Dye Fabric with Ice from expert Lynda Heines.
What are your favorite color combinations for quilt art and surface design? I particularly love the combination of hot pink with orange and turquoise. Or red, yellow, and orange together. And then there are the sun-washed combinations of yellow, blue, and green.