Creating art out of fiber and stitch is my passion. In no other pursuit have I ever found the rewards and joy that I find in using textiles, thread, paint, beads, yarns, and whatever else inspires me to make an object of beauty to share with others.

My work is based in the quilting tradition of three layers stitched together, but the artistry of it goes far beyond the basic piecing of geometric shapes to create a bedcovering. You will see reflections of nature in my work as I live in a valley in the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana surrounded by mountains, rivers, streams and my own garden. Color and texture inspire my work and they are my palette.

I write about what I am doing with my art and where I hope to go. I create, I write, I teach, I share and I think about my art and tell you about it all on the pages of my blog.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cord Dyeing

A recent project for our textile arts group was using dye cords (Tie Dye Color Cords) to color PFD fabric. The cords are impregnated with dye powder so they are easy to use and less messy than mixing powdered dye. They create interesting designs and are quite versatile and the color is quite vivid. I really enjoy working with this product and will likely do it again. I love using shibori techniques on fabric and the dye cords work well for this.

The green and pink piece was diagonal pleated with cords in between some folds and some cord wrapped around the folded edge which created the X's.

The orange piece above was heavily hand stitched all over and then the threads were gathered tightly and tied together to hold the random pleating. Nice color, but not sure the stitching was worth all the time it took!

This next piece was done in a fairly traditional tie-dye pattern where the fabric is scrunched in a circular way and instead of the traditional rubber-banding it is tied with a dye cord. I also pushed in the top of the little bunches and inserted a small piece of dye cord into that indentation. I love the shapes, halos and random color patterns of this piece.

It is so much fun unfolding the fabric and seeing what the dye cords have done and how the colors blend and spread. This is a fairly easy project with a great surface design result. I believe you can get the dye cords through Dharma. The ones we used are made by Consolidated Thread Mills, Inc. The package says they will dye cotton or rayon fabrics and a package has 6 colors in it. Fun Stuff!

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