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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fabric dyeing

I took the wonderful fabric dyeing workshop at Maiwa last September, and have done nothing with it. Sometimes it takes me awhile! But yesterday, I felt the need for some mottled green fabric to use in the Garden Tapestry pieces.
I got out my book Art Cloth by Jane Dunnewold and turned to the pages on low water immersion dyeing. A variation of the technique is described here http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/lowwaterimmersion.shtml.
I used 4 large squares of Kona PFD cotton, some very old Procion dyes from Maiwa, and following directions, used various combinations of the Moss and Royal Blue dye powders. Ta da! Why have I not been doing this more??? I love the results. The photographs do not do just to the lovely mottle shades of green.

The instructions are straightforward.

Love this book.

These dyes are old, maybe almost 10 years. The caps have rusted but the dyes worked great.

Lovely mottled shades of green that do not show well in photos.

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