Yes folks, we started our workshop with the raspberry dip I talked about in the last blog - a taste of what was to come with organic dyes the next day . Everyone was so eager to get their test piece into the water that I didn't even get the shot focused..
Then we got into a day's painting - using sun dyes indoors - they work beautifully just as paints, its just a shame it was too windy to do any imprinting outdoors. A great bunch of students, from complete beginners to some who'd had classes with the best textile practitioners and everyone very willing to experiment.
If you look at the centre back you can see that the raspberry dip is showing some colour in less than an hour.
Then one of many adjustments - a great way to move dye around!
We experimented with lace as a resist, and later as texture. Op shop doylies were one of the laces -
this student tried something completely different...
After heat setting it was time for some texturing with Shiva Paint Stiks
Different people, totally different fabrics. The idea was to come up with a collection of fabrics to make a cushion and a lampshade cover.
Every person in that workshop had at the end of the day done their own experimenting and each come up with a completely individual range of fabric to suit their own home. I just picked these at random, everybody's was worth showing.
For me personally, it was a very satisfying day, so great that everyone should be so individual and come up with so many lovely fabrics.. more soon....