Over the past two weeks I've been trying out some new (to me) techniques with soy wax. After attending Jane Dunnewold's "Soy Wax Three Ways" demo in Kansas City, I came home enthused and inspired to dye some yardage using stencils that I cut from plastic. Here is a portion of my first endeavor:
This is 3 yards of a lovely silk linen blend. I waxed it, dyed it yellow, let it batch, washed it out, waxed it again, dyed it scarlet, batched it, washed it, waxed it (sounds like a car, doesn't it?), and dyed it with a bronze-ish hue. After completing this piece, I thought how silly I was to do all of that washing between waxing and dyeing. So I consulted my guru (Jane) and she suggested that results might be different and that I do a comparison study. Since I had another two yards of the same fabric, I decided to give it a try, but using a different stencil. Here's what I got:
Totally different, isn't it! So, I think it depends on what result you are wanting, which method you should use. The washing between layers certainly does mellow things out.....but it is labor intensive!
Here are the two pieces together:
I finally got around to foiling some of the scarves that I dyed last week:
I prepared a new Thermofax screen and got the results above with the foil. I liked the screen so much that I added textile paint to a round robin t-shirt that had arrived on my doorstep earlier in the week:
It kind of reminds me of fireworks, which makes it very appropo for today!
Enjoy your holiday, if you are celebrating, or just enjoy your day!