Tagged: sun dyeing

Sea Fabric and Paint it!

We weren’t sure whether it was the weather or whether a couple of people had missed recent sessions that today’s session was so frantic. There was queue to try the ice-dyeing

and coating wet painted fabric with salt….

Chris used her piece of salt dyed fabric and stamped sea horses and starfish on it and she mopped up her excess paint to add another interesting piece of fabric to her stash.

She also brought along a pheasant that she is painting onto fabric for the centre piece of a cushion.

Monica tried sun dyeing with polystyrene net from around fruit, which worked well

And she showed a jelly fish that she had been working on…

The fabric is hand dyed and the scan and cut machine had been used to make the jelly fish stencil.

Corinne showed a heron that she had painted with inktense pencils

And Hillary had been busy turning some of her painted fabric into wonderful works of art….

Hillary’s Chives

Hillary’s embroidery

Caroline produced some brilliant pieces of fabric splattered with paint – great for a grafitti wall hanging maybe?

Keris added beach huts to a piece of fabric that she had previously created

She also tried out painting flower heads with a toilet roll…

and created this wonderful piece of fabric from mopping up excess paint

Her love of painting didn’t end there. She took her new knowledge home and shared it with her grandchildren. Here they are painting with toilet rollsto create some wonderful works of art! The new generation of Dyeing to Paint maybe?

Lastly, this piece of fabric was produced from mopping up stray bits of procion powder from the ice dyeing

As always a very enjoyable day with some wonderful creations produced by chance or design!

Ice Dye results

Monica Dennis

A happy accident with black

Jan Webster

Caroline Neudegg


Dyeing to Paint in the Sun

This month a small but perfectly formed group gathered to paint. The sun was shining and with some new tools acquired from the Hilary Beattie workshop a good day was had by all.

Keris and Corinne had a go with the rollergraph and were pleased with the borders that they were able to create.

Keris and Corinne web

border web

And Chris had a go with stencils …..

Chris web

as did everyone else!!!

flowers web

There was even discussion around turning experimental pieces into collage pieces so watch this space!!!!

A Frenzy of Dyeing & Printing

The Dyeing to Paint group met today with various ideas of what they might do and a flurry of activity with fabric dyes and print blocks produced some wonderful pieces of work.

group web

There was quite a bit of printing with Indian print blocks and considerable interest in a new brick wall stencil…

Corinnes printing and stencilling

Keris printing

Jan was very pleased with her new print blocks that she had bought from Colouriscious

Jans printing

And Kira used one of them to make a beautiful piece of fabric

Kiras printing

Kira also found the time to get going on her Wendy Dolan style textured landscape

Kiras landscape

The chance to dye fabric was also popular. Ann was busy dyeing fabric to sell for charity

ann web

Whilst others were busy experimenting with sun dyeing


with some successful results

Monica's ferns

Monica’s ferns

With a focus beyond paint Hilary was absorbed in creating fabric book covers – which looked very nice indeed!


And there was plenty of time to enjoy lunch in the sunshine!

Hillary, Liz, Corinne and Keris

Hillary, Liz, Corinne and Keris

Well done folks -looking forward to next month already.

Watching Paint Dry!

The plan for Dyeing to Paint members today was to do sun dye some fabric. But, the miserable weather changed everyone’s plans.

Liz experimented with plastic lace table cloth, inktense blocks and markel stiks


Keris wrapped her fabric around a cardboard tube to see what effect she could achieve.


Chris played around with stencils, inktense blocks and markel stiks and was pleased with the effect

Chris fabric

And, Monica recoloured a piece of fabric that she had been unhappy with first time around

MD fabric.

By the end of the day there were some interesting examples of sun dyeing achieved with a stencil…..

Britsih Isles web

bubble wrap…..

Bubble wrapwweb

and, again a stencil…

Rose fabricweb

After a good amount of experimenting everything got packed up ready for Ann’s demonstration of burning felt and voiles with a soldering iron. And, it wasn’t long before everyone was hooked!

Ann demo 2

Monica made a little sample – just big enough to fit on a card

MD card

And, Ann showed some examples of ones she had made earlier….

felt and volie


Definitely something to aspire to. And, there was plenty of enthusiasm to go off and buy soldering irons and materials to get stuck in!

And, just as it was time to go home the sun decided to show its face-happy days….

Print Block Madness

group working

At Dyeing to Paint today the focus was on block printing, and as ever, there was no shortage of enthusiasm.

There seemed to be a bit of an obsession with fish to start with …

corinnes work

Keris work

but it wasn’t long before other designs started to emerge.

Fionas printing

Hillary's trees

And, there was even time for a bit of a chat over the ironing!

Corinne ironing

While some were absorbed in their block printing Hilary was quietly sun dyeing her fabric with some spectacular results. Is the group ‘watching paint dry’? or is Hilary demonstrating ‘one she made earlier?’

Hilary outside

…. answers on a postcard please!

And, how lovely that Chris brought her sheep quilt in to show us all before it goes off to Australia.

Chris sheep quilt front

Chris sheep quilt back