My mom is and art quilter and has a huge fabric collection. For her October birthday, I asked her if there were any particular colors of fabric she was in need of. She said she could use green and turquoise. She thought I was going to buy her fabric from the craft store, but since I enjoy dying fabric and yarn, I decided to make her some hand-dyed pieces.
|Turquoise and green hand dyed fabric for Mom's birthday.|
Since the fabric was so much fun to make for her birthday, I decided to make some more for Christmas. This time she requested blues, purples, and “sky pieces” (for using as background fabric for landscape applique projects).
I have collected a lot of dye over the years and I have quite a few colors to choose from. I had a lot of fun mixing colors, dipping the fabrics in multiple colors, and splattering various dyes to make a variety of mottled fabrics.
|After dying the fabric, I let it set overnight|
|After sitting overnight, the excess dye is rinsed out before putting the fabric in the washing machine|
|Before washing, the fabric is very vibrant. Unfortunately, it loses some of its color in the wash.|
|The fabric gets very wrinkled and frayed a lot in the washing machine, but it's fairly easy to iron and clean up.|
|A variety of blues and purples.|