I had such a wonderful day of color and fun!! Judy at Artistic Artifacts is starting up Dyeing Day Workshops! What a delight!! We learned how to work with Procion MX dyes and to Parfait Dye in the methods described by Fiber Artist Ann Johnston, in her book Accidental Color. Judy has been dying her own wonderful vintage finds useing these techniques, for years and now she is teaching. She has a great space for working , on big plastic covered tables with all of the dyes ready mixed and ready to go!!
Judy provided 4 fat quarters of cotton fabric and bits of trims for us to use. We all brought various fabrics of our own, that we wanted to try.
I came home with these four jars absoluetly packed with fabric and dye. After letting them sit overnight and washing in the machine, this is the result!!!
I am totally amazed at the variety of colors and the amount of fabric that I was able to cram into 4 canning jars! The class ran from 12:30 - 3:30. Granted Judy had all of the dyes mixed and ready to go and the set up was done, but we were all new to this!! Look what I accomplished in 3 hours!! I am sold on this method and I am so excited to use these fabrics in upcoming quilts and collages of all sorts!! One never knows where you will see them again!!
If anyone is in the area of metro D.C. and you are interested in building a stash of hand dyed fabrics, I can't reccomend this workshop highly enough!!! You can find more info about all of the workshops offered at ARTISTIC ARTIFACTS HERE.