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About stitchedanddyed

Traveling a great deal as a child I have now settled in New England and it is home. When I started my blog it was mostly so that I could see my fiber works in one place and not have to go through storage containers looking for them! It helps to keep me on track and turn those UFO's into finished pieces - so far it is working. I love gathering with my family, we always have fun, usually around a meal and we laugh a lot. I love fabrics, gardening, music, reading, cooking, traveling and love being home, as well as all sorts of other things.

Monoprint Series, Monoprint Method

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Shown here are two in  a series of discharged fabrics using a monoprint method.  ImageImage

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Indigo Rings

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Indigo Rings

This is an older piece that was made a few years ago.  It’s always good to go through your stash once in a while – you find things that you had forgotten about.  But anyhow this piece was hand stitched and dyed by me.  I used button thread and dipped it several times into the indigo vat to achieve a deep blue color.  It is one hundred percent cotton.   As with all hand-made things there is always a surprise that makes itself known afterwards – I did not get the overall blue that I was hoping for, but never fear you can always make lemonade out of lemons to quench your thirst!

Enjoy.

Cone Flowers

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Shown here is an item that I made with some of my raw silk (aka silk noil) that I also dyed.  The colors are actually shades as a wee bit of black was added to tone down the brightness.  I was looking for a more subtle palette.   Not quite sure that I achieved that, but no fabric will go to waste in any case.  Let me know what you think.

The flowers are raw edged and machine sewn on and embellished with  embroidery floss hand stitched using simple stitching.

Inside the Box

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"Inside the Box"

blue and white silk, wax resist method

Here is a nice piece of silk that was dyed adopting a very simple method of employing a wide brush to “paint” on wax then allowing it to set and dry thoroughly.  Once set the piece of  silk was  immersed into the  dye bath and given  time to saturate.  I agitated the piece very little. Here is the result.  It reminds me of buildings or rows of blocks,  therefore the name “Inside the Box”.  Not very unique or even inspiring but I do like the way some of the dye was able to creep into the white areas where the wax resist was painted on.  The color is a calming dark blue to contrast the white ground.

October Treat

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This piece of silk was dyed using only one color of dye.  Yes one color.  Though two colors are visible.  What happened you ask?  Well to get technical some molecules of dye are larger than others.  When the fabric is bound (a method of resist) as this piece of silk was some of the dye is prevented from passing through while other areas are able to take up the dye at different rates.  The result is a variegated color.  You can see some parts of this section are darker while some areas don’t seem to have any dye at all.  The color change that occurred here is just where some of  the dye molecules were able to penetrate – a pathway of least resistance. The results were interesting and surprising.

But apart from all the techno mumbo jumbo I just like the way this particular piece turned out.  Love that scary ghoul that appeared – see the bottom left hand side of the picture.

This piece is part of a private collection.

Dyed silk - detail

More Silk Noil Hand-Dyed Fat Quarters

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I also hand dyed a few more – I couldn’t stop (!) and they are pictured below.   I love the soft color of these, they are also mottled, giving them some depth.  Try silk it is wonderful fabric.

Silk noil hand-dyed fat quarters

Dyed Silk Noil

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So today I show you some fat quarters that I dyed recently.  Silk receives dye very well allowing for a deep saturation.  I just love the results achieved in this fabric.  Silk noil is a nubby coarse type of silk, but once washed it becomes a much softer texture with a beautiful drape.These fat quarters (above) are mottled colors as you can see, with the exception of the black quarters.  Easy to care for – throw in the wash on gentle and can be machine dried or hung.