Friday, 31 July 2009

...Back in the groove (or rather...the dye-pot!)

After a few days of sorting laundry etc, I deemed it time to excavate the dye-pot from it's resting place and get some colours happening!


First in were some pieces of cotton sheet that I'd rescued from my uncle's house - started with sort-of beiges, then went to yellows...greens....blues...

...then back to yellow/orange, then reds....pinks.....greys....








...and in between cotton sheet dunks, I put in some pieces of "tea bag" paper.....


They worked really well too!......and cost virtually nothing because I'd acquired a pile of it from a recycling source.







...and what am I going to do with all of this stuff?


....tackle some fabric and paper books in the style of DJ Pettit!

I've admired her work for so long, but never actually got around to making anything along her lines.

Well, now that the expo work has finished, I'm giving myself some "Play Time" to do exactly what I please - when I please!

I've prepared some "signatures" - made out of vertical-blind fabric. This takes paint and stitch, and is stiff enough to support itself.

Each signature is double, so that stitching on one side of the "sheet" won't show on the other side (as the two will be glued together to make a single sheet signature)




I have no idea as yet, as to WHAT I'm going to put in my book - maybe I'll just play with colour and pattern this time......

6 comments:

westcountrybuddha said...

What a brilliant idea with the vertical blinds. I've had a pile lying around since blinds in the studio were fitted last year. It never occurred to me that they could be used in some way!

I'm about to get out the dye tub too....it's stopped raining here but is due to start again tomorrow. So, I reckon I've got about 5 hours!

Chris Gray Textile Art said...

.....so let's see what we each come up with ;-).....

jude said...

beautiful colors. are these natural dyes?

Chris Gray Textile Art said...

...not natural - chemical....

I played around with natural dyes for quite some time a few years back, but found that they weren't light-fast and went to muddy colours!

I use Kemtex for everything now - I'm used to it, and know how they behave.

I was very pleased with the colours in these batches - and have started painting the "pages" ready to begin stitching tomorrow.

Chris Gray Textile Art said...

...and I have signed up to follow Dijanne's "Linocut" blogspot too - I enrolled on the course a couple of days ago, it should be fun and informative!

Jackie said...

What gorgeous subtle colours. A great palette. Alsace looks so beautiful too. What is the picture in the frame?