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Mother’s Day Fun!

2012 May 14
by elizabeth_admin

Boy oh boy, did I have a great Mother’s Day yesterday!  I hope everyone else did to.  A special thanks to Claudine and her husband Bernie who invited me to come out to their house for Mother’s Day brunch and a morning of dye-ing.   Before Claudine had even finished the sentence inviting me, I had already pushed the submit button for my dye order on Dharma Trading

I brought two white shirtings (one with woven stripes and one a swiss dot) and a plain white t-shirt for Jack to tie-dye as well as a selection of Procion dyes.  Sorry, I don’t have before pictures, but I think you can imagine the color white.  Claudine is an experienced dye-er.  She’s experimented with several different techniques and even taken a shibori dying class I believe. 

We took our projects to the great outdoors, her backyard.  I put on dye-worthy clothes and then we had at it.  I won’t go into the details of how to dye fabrics as there are plenty of tutorials out there that you can find.  My first dye job was using the cerulean blue on the white striped shirting.  It came out wonderfully.  It’s super saturated and very evenly dyed.  I must have squeezed the dye through the fabric like a champ!  😉

Claudine the Dye Master and me the acolyte

 

 

Squeezing the blue dye through the fabric

 

My next project was to dye the swiss dot cotton to, wait for it, my favorite color.  No, no, not purple.  The other favorite color, Kelly green.  Duh!  This time the color was pretty even, but I didn’t squeeze as long as I did with the blue and I can see that it could have benefitted from more squeezing.  It’s pretty hard to notice though to a casual observer.  I had to really look for it.  The green came out just as I wanted it to, a perfect Kelly Green.

Rinsing the dye out

 

Claudine rinses her tie-dye project

 

Claudine was experimenting with a swirly tie-dye effect and I tried that too on Jack’s t-shirt.  Jack decided he was too cool to do this project with me and elected to use squirt guns instead.  I used purple and the leftover Kelly green dye on his shirt.  I love how it came out.  I think there is a pretty good balance of negative space and swirl. 

Jack's tie-dye swirly t-shirt

 

cerulean blue dyed shirting

 

kelly green dyed swiss dot cotton

 

Bernie’s cornish hens were delicious and expertly deboned.  I told him we should have Mother’s Day every weekend.  Claudine agreed.

 

What a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day!  I highly recommend it.  It couldn’t have been more perfect.  And now I have lovely dyed fabrics to remind me.

Thank you Claudine and Bernie!  What time should Jack and I be there this Sunday?  😉  

 

10 Responses leave one →
  1. May 14, 2012

    Wow! Great day!

  2. Carolyn permalink
    May 14, 2012

    You had the perfect day for dyeing yesterday. It was beautiful here in NJ…and I’m so jealous of what a wonderful fiberly Mother’s Day that you and Claudine had!

  3. May 14, 2012

    I had a great time, too! It was the perfect Mothers Day. I meant to tell you this story yesterday: My neighbor Amy is all annoyed about the commercialism of Mothers Day, but, of course, cannot resist a day dedicated to herself. So, several years back, she re-christened Mother’s Day as “Antique-ing Weekend”. I’m thinking of re-christening Mothers Day in my family as Fiber Arts Weekend.

  4. May 14, 2012

    How fun! I have been wanting to try dying…just have to find the right space. Your dyes came out so beautiful!

  5. May 14, 2012

    how beautiful!

  6. Karen Mulkey permalink
    May 15, 2012

    Beautiful dyeing job and beautiful colors! I can’t wait to see what the fabrics will become.

  7. May 17, 2012

    Good fun and good food too. Ms. Claudine is so creative. Your dye project came out beautiful. Happy Belated Mother’s Day.

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