I took a fabric dying class from Linda Waddle last year and ended up with a treasure trove of beautiful hand dyed fabrics. I am always jealous when I see “fabric hand dyed by artist” in the description of a beautiful art quilt. This class gave me the chance to say that-hah!
Today I got out one of the pieces from the class, a bright pink wool, and started playing. I’ve had it in my mind to layer some pretty wool over a sheer, to free motion a motif atop the two layers, and then cut out the wool. So I layered my very own hand dyed wool over a polyester sheer and free handed a curves motif in Superior’s Rainbow polyester thread.
The piece would have been infinitely better with a contrasting color of sheer polyester, but I was focused on the technique, not the color, and on trying to figure out if it was even going to work. Oooo-I like!
I was of course worried I would snip through the sheer while cutting out the wool. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought: I used my superb Dovo scissors, put my finger underneath the sheer so that I could feel the tip of the scissor, and angled my scissors to reduce the likelihood of cutting the sheer. It worked beautifully but of course it would only take one little snip to ruin the entire piece. Who says I don’t live dangerously?
I decided I liked this technique and combination enough to try to make my SAQA donation piece using this method. Then my description can say “fabric hand dyed by the artist”-snort! I could also see this as a garment insert and definitely as a wall hanging. I purchased some fabulous hand dyed wool at my guild’s recent show and I can’t wait to try this method on that-yipee!