We all need one once in a while, don't we???? A Goooooood Daaaaaaaaaaaay! YES!!! After our morning walk, Barker and I headed out to the studio and heated up my large enameled pot for some discharging. I love this technique, even though it entails wearing my respirator and opening all of the doors and windows (which, on a cool morning like today isn't all bad!). I make Barker stay outside, so he isn't involved in the fumes! So, the above picture is a detail shot of a lovely silk charmeuse scarf that I put through the bath this morning. Here's a shot of the scarf:
There are now four layers on this one (three dyes and a discharge), and I think I will keep it just this way.
A Kenneth Cole tee that was black........until this morning, that is. I really love it now!!!!
Below, hanging on my little clothes line, is a series that I have been playing with for a few months
A while back I cut a freezer paper stencil of a very tall structure with a funky roofline and many, many windows. I used textile paint to screen it onto several cuts of white cotton and then I discharged two lengths of black cotton using the same screen and dishwasher gel (that is the center piece). I overdyed the two white pieces: the one on the left in multi colors and the one on the right in violet. It took almost *forever* to discharge the center (industrially dyed black) piece
but I love, love, love it! You can see the original dishwasher gel discharge in brown, and now the new discharge is in yellow, along with the bluish white discharge of the black fabric.
Below is the piece that was overdyed with violet
I had rope-wrapped the piece before I overdyed it, so it has that marvelous patterning, which turned brown in the discharge bath. Here's a bit of detail of the discharged violet:
I am working on a waterscape series. I've shown a similar piece of dyed silk background before:
A few days ago it struck me that this is where my inspiration is coming from:
That is the view that greets me from my sewing room window every morning. Subconsciously, I've been reproducing it for several months!
Here's a little 'doodle cloth' that occupied a bit of my time this afternoon:
FUN, FUN, FUN!!!