Friday, August 5, 2016

The Dyed Days of Summer - Off the Wall Friday

Ohhhh, Baby, its hot outside!!  I mean really hot!!  Now I understand that the rest of the country probably doesn't think 90 is all that hot, but when you  live on a Great Lake, its pretty darn hot!  In fact, its probably the only time my well insulated Victorian ever gets above 75 degrees.  And you know why 75 degrees is the magic number for???  Yep!!  Hand Dyeing Fabric!!!



So once my favorite weather Tom Divecchio  said it was going to reach 90 on my day off, well it was a given that out came the hand dyeing stuff.  There have been years that I dyed for three weeks straight and do a ton.  But this year, I noticed that I really didn't need too much.  What I did need is some Red Solo Cup darker pieces.

What is Red Solo Cup Dyeing?  Its my own easy way of dyeing up fat quarter to half yards of fabric in a very relaxed manner.  What I found over the years is that the results are the very definition of
serendipity and are VERY useful in my work.  So many times, I'm looking for just the right mixture of colors for the piece I'm working on.  Not to mention, its really great when people say - OMG - where do you get your gorgeous fabrics?  And I just casually answer - Ohhhh, I made them myself.  In a red solo cup.  And they always give me a funny look.  Hey, Red Solo Cups aren't just for beer!!


So today I started at 8 am, got them batched up so I could do my grocery shopping and take a nap   finish my chores.  Gosh, I forgot how tiring it is.  They mostly came out great.  A couple I was tempted to overdye but another thing I've learned, that most ugly hand dyeds are ugly right up to the moment when its perfect for a piece.


I think I'm going to do another batch of Red Solo Cup dyeing this weekend.  I want to do some folding of the fabric to get some nice lines.  Another thing is that I'm going to make up more colors so I can have variation in the pieces I dye!


So What Have You Been Up to Creatively?

17 comments:

quiltedfabricart said...

Pardon me while I wipe the drool off my computer screen looking at these gorgeous hand dyes. You make me want to try it myself. They are beautiful!

Lynda said...

Beautiful pieces!

Jenny Lyon said...

Exactly what quiltedfabricart said!

Norma Schlager said...

Scrumptious!!

Nina Marie said...

thanks!! but truly its is as easy as my tutorial makes it. I think the hardest part was that its a pretty physical day.

Susan Lenz said...

Here in South Carolina, you could dye fabric pretty much on any day ... six months every year. We've had twenty days with temperatures over one-hundred thus far this year. Ninety seems cool by those numbers! LOL!

Nina Marie said...

Just to put that in perspective - we've only had a hand full of days that have broke 100 EVER in RECORDED HISTORY. The lake keeps us mild. Love living her - 3 seasons a year (grin).

Windy Hill Happenings said...

They're absolutely gorgeous....I see many possibilities for "whole cloth" pieces.

Janis Doucette said...

LOL! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this:"that most ugly hand dyeds are ugly right up to the moment when its perfect for a piece." The rest are scrumptious!

QuiltSwissy said...

About two or three weeks ago I used your red Solo Cup method and dyed a few yards of some very interesting pieces. I was trying for some sunset landscapes and I got one good one. The others will work in other places somewhere!

The Inside Stori said...

Fabulous results!!!

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

Yeah for warm weather and fabric dyeing! Now for a nap!

Vera Holmgren said...

Oh how beautiful!

sonja said...

Me too, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this:"that most ugly hand dyeds are ugly right up to the moment when its perfect for a piece." that goes for my hand paints as well!!!aloha,sonja

Kathy said...

Summer in this area IS the perfect time for dyeing, especially when you can do it outside and be as messy as you wish! And thank goodness we found a reason for winter--just step outside and get snow for snow dyeing! Red Solo cup, plastic bag, big buckets, flat trays....there is nothing better than playing with fabric and color!

MulticoloredPieces said...

LUV those dyed fabrics, Nina Marie! To die for!

Deb Thuman said...

When I first glanced at the two statues, I thought Lucy was on the left and Desi Arnez was on the right. Yep - ugly statue.

As for art being embarrassing..... one of the "problems" with being an artist is that one's work keeps getting better both artistically and skill level.