Experimental Dyeing Process: Mandala #1
I spent several months working with both vat dyeing, and low immersion dyeing. I played with wax/paraffin, soy wax, and glue resists. I stitched shibori. But up to this point, I never did good old tie dye as most of us grew up with. It was time.
The soda ash soaked fabric was ironed well, pleated off into 15 degree wedges, and bound at angles with rubber bands. I've been using all Kona pfd fabric as it has a nice weight for quilting, and my fabrics have been going into my designs meant for both art and utility.
Mandalas are fascinating creations. They draw the eye in, and though we visually wander all over the piece, inevitably, we come back to the center. You can read whatever you'd like into it, and I'm not going to suggest anything more. Mandalas have religious and spiritual significance for many people and cultures. Do your own research, if you'd like. Mine are being made for design experiments.
Using the term, 'Everything, but the kitchen sink', I pulled out 3 jars of dye languishing in my chemical refrigerator. I transferred a bright red, a deep purple, and an unlabeled brown I'd created into squirt bottles.
At the mercy of a strange color palette, I started with red at the center. Purple next, placing some near the outer banding also, and then finishing up with the nondescript brown. I bagged it, and put it out of the way.
About 24 hours or so later, I started a cold water rinse, removing the bands as a went. Then, from cold to warm to hot, and a good wash hot with Dawn blue dish washing liquid to remove all remaining dye. I was delighted in what I saw, and even more so in that some of the Procion MX dyes were over 4 months old. I had them stored in the refrigerator in covered jars as recommended, and they seemed to hold up well for a project such as this.
What do you think?
I'm so drawn to the olive tones.
I think there's some more of this in my near future. As a matter of fact, I feel like I could do this every day. I have a very interesting project to use this first mandala in, and I hope you stay with me. I have some more dye projects to share with you next time, too.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew, and color our world!