Friday, May 2, 2014

Red Solo Cup Dye Day - Off the Wall Friday

Spring is a time for renewal around the Sayre's house.  After reading Carol Sutherland's post on dyeing with old dyes, I thought it was a good time to clean out my stash.  Red Solo Cup Dyeing is perfect for this 'cause you can take all your left over dyes and throw them together to make some totally unexpected.







Boy, was I not disappointed. The results were great.  I always worry a little because I only dye a few times a year that I'll somehow screw it up.  True, I did have to read my own tutorial to remember how to do it - Menofog - but its so easy - you can't really screw it up.

Aren't they pretty??  I still might take some of my older dyes and do some red solo cup dyeing for lighter colors.  I mean doesn't everybody's stash need more lights and darks??


Ohh and ya, I did manage to get my April assignment quilted.  I don't know if I really like it but I did enjoy the journey on the mystery tour!  This month, Elizabeth is taking us outside -Doesn't she know I have Allergies??


So what have you been up to creatively?

9 comments:

Chris said...

Nina Marie, I liked your piece. I will have to read EB's comments again. I will have to give some thought to May's lesson. I hadn't thought about allergies!

Jenny Lyon said...

Allergies-who knew that could affect the assignment! I enjoyed reading about your process and your quilt does indeed feel mysterious! Love the top hand dye!

LA Paylor said...

your fabrics are awesome. Did you randomly pour anything into a cup? Not sure what you mean by leftover dyes. Did you mix the colors in the initial solution? The fabrics are so great. Now about the EB project. Your experience in this class has been really good to watch. I like the quilting, alternately close and farther apart, in lieu of the quiltart discussion.
LeeAnna Paylor

Regina B Dunn said...

You got some lovely browns in some of your dyed fabrics which is often not easy to do. They sometimes come out looking just muddy. But yours look very brilliant.

quilted fabric art said...

I have to say, the quilting took that class piece from ok to ooooh la la! Really makes a difference - nicely done

Linda A. Miller said...

I can see you are having fun... and creating great fabrics!

deborah wolff said...

There is something about dying fabric that is so fun!!! I'm like you, I only do it a few times a year too because it is kind of a lot of work, but the results are always so surprisingly wonderful.
I love your hand dyes, it makes me want to get out in the backyard and do a bunch of pieces right now.

Nina Marie said...

First of all - thanks goes out to all my "No-Reply" commentors - sometimes I want to reply back but if your setting is set to no reply - I can't

Nina Marie said...

To Answer LA's question - I take my cue from the color wheel on what I pour into a cup. So I might add warms or cools or complementary - etc etc. This seems to give better results. I did use Chino for the brown and I love the stormy grey. What I mean by left over dyes is that I mixed up the dye with soda ash water - then poured it in the red solo cups no paying much attention to how much - just did it by feel. Then at the end there is always dye/soda ash left in the jars - I just add them all into one or two pieces of fabric not worrying about colors they are - just using it up. Hope that answers the question.