Well I’ve spent most of today over-dyeing my previously, and not too successfully, dyed fabric. I’m hoping that I have created enough usable material, that I’m happy with, to make the quilt I have in mind. At the moment I’m contemplating the purchase of some wooden printing blocks from the Colouricious website. They have some wonderful designs that might just be perfect to use on the patchwork squares, to give it the unique quality I was hoping to achieve by hand dyeing.
This project has taught me some important lessons in relation to dyeing fabric:
1. To get the tie-dye or shibori effect that I particularly like when I hand dye I need to use Procion MX cold water dyes;
2. Dylon hand dyes are great for using in a pot on the hob to dye things a uniform colour;
3. The effects I love look best on large pieces of fabric, so I need to learn how to design my own patchwork quilt patterns that can incorporate large pieces, and showcase them to their advantage.
I know I can achieve the results I want – it just might take longer than I’d anticipated.