Monday, August 20, 2007

Complex Cloth

While on vacation I was reading Jane Dunnewold's "Complex Cloth" and wanted to do some of the exercises in the back of this wonderful book. (Actually I had read that Karoda was doing them, so this spurred me on!) I had already dyed a rather long piece of cotton to use as the back of new table runner for my diningroom table, but it was just a blah navy and white. So, as Ms. Dunnewold instructs in lesson 1, I discharged it, using Clorox. I wasn't too successful with that, and I'm not sure why, but I will do that part of the exercise again someday soon. Then I went ahead and overdyed the piece with some yellow. Here is how it looked after being washed:

The next step was to stamp the fabric with fabric paint. I had made a wonderful stamp, if I do say so myself!, in a class with Rayna Gillman last Fall, so I used that stamp and some red fabric paint. Screenprinting was the next step, so I grabbed my trusty screen (constructed in that same fabulous week of classes with Rayna), added some blue painter's tape to the top, and screened with gold fabric paint. Here's the result:
I was really, really in love with this piece by now....couldn't believe the depth I was getting and how easy it was!! Here's another shot of another part, just because I was so in love with the piece:

The final step was to foil the piece. I had gotten some neat tricolored foils last year and hadn't had a chance to use them yet, so today was the day. Here's what I got:

I don't know about you, but I really l ike this piece a lot! It's a shame to put it on the bottom of my table runner, so it may just become the top!

Thanks, Jane Dunnewold.........I'll be back to lesson 2 in a couple of days!



Gerrie said...

You have entered my world of surface design. I love making complex cloth — my problem has been what to do with the pieces! I'm working on that. I wish we could get together to play surface design!!

Jeannie said...

Gorgeous! The crane really adds to an already beautiful piece of work. I am guessing that you had a blast doing this - an added bonus.

joyce said...

I love your complex cloth. I may just have to buy that book.

Sue B said...

Gorgeous! A stunning piece of cloth Judy, nicely done!

Eva Hagbjärn said...

I just clap my hands! Lovely, as usual!

Rayna said...

Ha - you've learned your lesson well, Judy. If you don't like it, just go back in. Looks great!

Karoda said...

ahhh, yeah, you achieved depth with this piece...i haven't started lesson 2 yet either and now that most of my summer obligations and commitments are over, I'll get back on track too in the next few days.