Tuesday, 24 January 2012

A week off work!

Hooray a week off to craft! So yesterday, I had a go at something I've been wanting to try for a long time.... dying fabric. I got some white cotton velvet in a sale some time back and this is the result. Plain colours to start off with -



.. and then random.  These were done in a very similar way to using spray inks.  The fabric was soaked in soda first - I think this is the fixative for the dye  (you can see I'm not very knowledgeable yet!) and then I just sprayed dissolved dye crystals all over the fabric.  It was a very wet day (lots of washing and rinsing) but I'm very pleased with my results so far.


And this morning this lovely little parcel arrived in the post as my winnings in a blog competition.


If you love stitching and you've never visited Karen Ruane's blog do go.  Thanks Karen.  Your little puffs are just beautiful!

14 comments:

sam21ski said...

Amazing results and fab colours Carol

Enjoy the rest of your week off

Sam xxx

Netty said...

Beautiful colourings you must be so pleased. Annette x

Suzanne C said...

Love your died fabric! Beautiful! Can't wait to see them used in a crafty project!

cockney blonde said...

I'm so behind with blogging but noticed your dyeing and wanted to say the colours are wonderful. Love how you've done them. What are you going to make with the finished samples?

flutterbycrafter said...

Ooooo gorgeous, super colours, love 'em. xx

Neet said...

Love your winnings Carol. Great with the fabric too - what a difference your work has made to the plain colours. Now what are you going to make with them? Hugs, Neet xx

Jackie said...

Lovely velvets. I haven't used cotton velvet but it looks lovely. Congratulations on your win ..you lucky person. karen's work is fabulous.

Heather said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous dyeing Carol and I love those little stitched puffs. Enjoy your time this week, crafting and stitching.
One of the benefits of getting older is: more time to craft and stitch!

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

Fabulous Carol!!!

'The Crafting Owl' said...

Hi Carol - Happy Week off Work! You have been busy the fabrics look great, what are you going to do with them??

Cath Wilson said...

Lucky you. They look great. Lots of fun. What are puff balls for? x

Carol Q said...

I have no idea what I'm going to do with the velvet at the moment but I expect something will come to me! lol

Karin said...

Fabulous colours Carol, they've come out beautifully.

Karin said...

Fabulous colours Carol, they've come out beautifully.