As you may have deduced from previous posts, SQ is edging closer to the beginning of the quilt creation process through cloth dyeing. Thanks to Jane Dunnewold, she has produced her own dyed fabric. Now that the basics of Procion MX dyeing are under her belt, SQ is ready to move on to creating pattern through the dyeing process.
An unsuccessful attempt to use instant tapioca as a resist dampened SQ’s ardor for a bit, but then a stroll through the local library’s science (!) area turned up Lisa Kerpoe’s new book, “Visual Texture on Fabric: Creating Stunning Art Cloth with Water-Based Resists.”
Lisa takes a common sense approach to the resist process and doesn’t insist you buy expensive equipment or supplies. She gets amazing results with humble oatmeal and sugar syrup. You’ve got to love someone who uses plastic gutter guard to make a pattern on fabric. Yes, she talks about the use of soy wax and acrylic medium to create resists, but many of her resists are food based. She gives seven ways to apply resists and includes a handy chart of recommended application techniques for each resist. She sets out the best ways to apply color (dyeing, painting) for each type of resist as well. Bottom line – if you have fabric paint, some natural fiber fabric, and some basic kitchen supplies, you can create patterned fabric using this book.
Here’s some of Lisa’s work. You can see more at her website lisakerpoe.com.