Started playing with fabrics today for two future projects. Not sure either one will be started anytime soon, but I had the time to play with some fabric ideas so I took advantage of it.
Experiment 1: Cover the fabric in discharge paste and see how much it lightens up. Result:
Not too bad, but definitely NOT pale. I was surprised, though, that when I rinsed it, tons of color came out in the water. Don’t know if that’s due to the discharge chemicals or if it was that poorly washed out when I dyed it!
Experiment 2: Take the discharged fabric and dunk it in bleach for a little while. Result:
Most of the very dark is gone, but the yellow and red are still very bright and the fabric is still definitely NOT pale.
Conclusion: start with a different piece of fabric–maybe one that’s pale to start with! Done with this for today!
My other experiment of the day started out with this collection of textiles.
I’ve gathered them for a project idea, but they’ve just been sitting in a basket, getting acquainted with each other, for months…or even more than a year! It’s almost like they are precious or extra expensive and I’ve been afraid to cut into them. NOT! So I grabbed a piece and played with an idea I had about texturing.
Twin needles, two colors of thread, some of my crinoline-like mystery fabric—what could be more fun?!
I liked it! I was trying to get wrinkles and folds and it worked!
It’s hard to tell how big things are from just a picture, but the piece of fabric I started with was a yard of 36″ wide fabric. The finished size is about 24″ square.
I’m debating if I want to add some couching on top of this or use that on another hunk. That decision will be made as I get into the project. All I know right now is that I’m happy with the way this turned out.
Hooray for texture!