Monday, March 21, 2011

Tests and Results

A design idea had been slowly creeping around in my head last week, and I finally decided to do something about it on Thursday.  I sketched the image I wanted to use and then got busy mixing some test samples of dyes.  Friday morning I took the little snippets of silk out of their baggies, rinsed them - careful to keep them apart from one another but with their respective recipes.

They all got neatly snugged away in my dye notebook and we ran off to Atlanta to spend the weekend.

When we got home on Sunday afternoon, the silks that I had slathered with potato dextrin before we left on Friday were ready for their first application of dye.

Here they are after the rinse out:

I love the dye recipe I chose....and I love potato dextrin!  

Last night I created a silk screen from the sketches I had made, and this morning I applied thickened dyes to the silks using the screen, let them batch, and voila!

Here's a little Leprechaun I came across the other day

cute as can be, huh?  I think I'm needing another Charlie fix!

and here's one more Leprechaun - but he forgot to wear any green!

I hope you all are well.  Your most thoughtful comments from my last post were all so appreciated!  Thank you for taking the time to respond.  



Jeannie said...

Hibiscus? Oh, those eyes (Charlie & Barker's), they just make my heart melt. Now, back to the fabric. I love the textural background from the dextrin. You are amazing!

Gerrie said...

Charlie is getting so big! Love those big eyes. And the chartreuse striped shirt is very fetching.

Vicki W said...

Those resists and the screen print are fabulous!

connie said...

I would say you were very successful! The fabric is beautiful. Now that little man is adorable!!! I don't know how you could stay away for very long. Have a great week Judy!

Eva said...

The marble pattern is just awesome. So are the print flowers!

Carol said...

Your silks are wonderful. Love the hibiscus. Charlie is looking very cute, getting a real little boy look. What a sweetie. And you know how I feel about Barker... hug, hug, hug. xo