ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Last Week's Dyeing Class

Last week I taught an introductory dyeing class at Dragonfly Fabrics here in Ottawa.  Today I received an email and photos from Linda, one of the students in the class.  She sent both her results and her friend Trina's results from our 12-step colourwheel exercise and our multi-coloured fabric exercise.  Linda's fabric is on the right, Trina's is on the left.  Trina accidentally added her soda ash solution to her dye powder and urea instead of water, so the dyes started doing their thing right away while we were at lunch.  I warned her that her dyed fabric might be a bit paler if we didn't add the white fabric until after lunch, and suggested she might want to re-mix her dyes.  She was open-minded about the results and OK with the possibility of having softer colours.  So here you can see the difference a a little more than an hour made.  Trina's are much softer while Linda's are full intensity.

At the end of the class we had some dye solution left, so Linda and Trina took it home and had another dyeing session.  Here are some of the results.

Linda's favorite:

Trina tried a folding technique and came up with this piece, which is her favorite!

I hear they are both hooked on dyeing :-) 

There is another introductory fabric dyeing class at Dragonfly Fabrics on August 15.

I am pretty much packed and ready for my two weeks of teaching at the Haliburton School of the Arts and am heading out in the morning.

1 comment:

  1. Nice work all ! Must have had an excellent teacher 😉


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