To Dye For

Thanks to Jane Dunnewold’s Craftsy class, I’m getting ready to plunge into hand dyeing so I’ve been paying particular attention to artists who work in that area.  My supplies are gathered, I’ve bought PVC pipe for wrapping fabric around (the kind man at Lowe’s sawed it into short lengths for me) and prepped my fabrics (old tablecloths with indelible stains.) As soon as I actually produce dyed cloth I’ll show my efforts, but for now I’m window shopping online to be inspired by the work of experts.

Shibori artist Helen Bolland does amazing things with pleated silk.  Carol Grotrian is another artist who works in shibori.

Here’s “Wave Study” by Carol Anne Grotrian.  The fabric is shibori dyed, then raw edged fused and hand quilted.

Nobody Home Quilt

Helen Bolland seems to produce scarves rather than quilts, but talk about gossamer.  And all those pleats with different colors on each side.  She calls these Dragon’s Tail.

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