Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Fabric Dyeing

This little pile of colour is the result of the Dyeing Workshop I did last Friday with the rather talented Bernadine Hine. I finally got time to rinse and dry them, just love the colour intensity. For the yellow graduation, we used some of the procion dye that I have, they are yonks old so we were both surprised that the dyes took, we used Bernadine's dyes for the other dye run and an assortment of fabric. Some of Bernadine's white cotton, a lovely Haitana 100% Cotton from Catherine at http://www.catherinesplace.com.au/index1.html and an unbleached cotton I purchased from the U.S.
Each fabric has a different feel and weight but it's hard to see a difference if the way the colours took.
Bernadine has been dyeing her own fabrics for some years now and is an amazing award winning quilter.
In the above pic, taken at a get together of local quilters, Bernadine is holding up N.S.W. Quilters Guild newsletter with her Kookaburra Quilt featured on the cover.
It's a really poor pic because I had to lift it from the Qld SCQer's site. yep the original was one of the many lost in a recent computer mishap.
We recently updated the automatic gate system on our front gate. The new controllers only worked at a distance of 2'. not so chock hot at all, so finally another garage door man came today and fixed our signal box, so no more pulling into the driveway, leaping out of the car, through the side gate, up to the control box, activate it, rush back to the car, and if it was raining by this time you are wet to the skin and muttering rather nasty words and hexes about certain tradesmen. This has been going on since early Feb. talk about slack!
Also retrieved the slow cooker from the back of the cupboard where it's been on summer vacation and got a nice beef stew going it it this morning, so it was rather good to pull into the driveway - in the dark at 5.30 if you please - and have the gate open as the car approached, knowing that I could just put my feet up with a glass of red and dinner was all done.
So all in all - a good day

1 comment:

Banaghaisge said...

I keep trying to add comments and they get rejuexcted (mail server problems they say - yours not mine).
Wonderful flowers, lovely images of yu tearing up to the gate opener, beautiful hand dyes...