Saturday, December 10, 2011

more dyeing experimenting and ANOTHER GIVEAWAY...

For several weeks, 2 tin cans have been immersed in vinegar water to create rust. Cotton and linen cloth has been soaked in soy milk for days and then allowed to dry. More explanations below with images.

cotton cloth wrapped with string and banded at the top of the tin cans. the can on the left has some banded copper pennies and the can on the right has onion skins wrapped around with string.

Silk/Linen within a metal embroidery hoop and then excess cloth just twisted and knotted. all dropped into a steaming pot of oak leaves and acorns for close to 2 hours. I also added the iron vinegar water where the tin cans soaked.
 AND THE RESULTS: everything turned very black. I suspect I should not have added the iron vinegar water or maybe it was the tin cans. I am not sure, but because of this, I removed all the pieces from the dye pot and just let it sit. Today, I unwrapped it all and I am allowing it to thoroughly dry before washing.
metal embroidery hoop removed ( i had put some onion skins on the top of the hoop)

the tin can piece with the copper pennies

the tin can piece with the onion skins
These pieces are reminding me very much of the walls of the Chauvet Cave in the movie "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" that I posted about last week. I think I will be using these pieces (if they hold up in the wash) to create some beasts and for background.

AND NOW FOR A NEW GIVEAWAY:
This is one of the pouches that was in the Austin airport display for several weeks. I have just gotten them back and this is the one I have chosen for the giveaway. It measures 5½" x 4" and has a piece of bobbin lace that I made stitched to it. The front image is the true color. I will randomly select the winner next Saturday, Dec.17th. You just have to leave a comment and you will be included in the drawing.

27 comments:

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

I took mine out of the baths as well and unbundled them waiting as well for the dryness to take hold. Your's came out lovely Deanna...especially the mixture of colors. Splendid, really, and I think I see a face on the last image. A sleeping sun face. Yes, many rings and things to fill with beasties. I have a feeling that they should wash out and dry down to a nice grayish color. I went out and got some soy milk today (I only usually have almond milk, so) I'm going to soak so cloth later and re-charge my dying. Maybe those could be some of your beasts, those animated horses and antelop...bison and wild tigers. Onward - x H.

Susie said...

Please include me. It is lovely!

Ms. ∆×∆p×≥h/4π said...

Spectacular results! I see the sleeping sun too, and many beastie possibles in all the patterning. So much variation. Amazing resutls I think.

Els said...

WOW Deanna: your dye results !!!! I'm flabbergasted !!! Gorgeous !
(when I'm up to it again I must try again !!)

Beacee said...

Those tin can pieces look so dramatic. I'm looking forward to seeing how you develop them.

Margaret Johnson said...

Oh Deanna your dye results are fantastic, you are a genius. Marg. ox

Jacky said...

Deanna your dyeing experiments look very exciting...I cant wait to see how they look in your cloths. I am going to try this technique soon too, I love how you added the pennies and the onion skins. I have onion skins, but no pennies...will have to search for some as I love that effect.
Your tatting looks beautiful on the little purse.
Jacky xox

Elizabeth said...

Maybe I will have to try dyeing sometime. I have never tried it.
Please put my name in the hat.
Elizabeth
LeVert92 at aol.com

Jane S. said...

My husband did much the same kind of process when he wanted to make some wood stain. He put iron nails in vinegar and let it sit for a week. It was black and quite nasty smelling but it did a beautiful job staining oak!

The pouch you made is beautiful, and I'd love to be entered in for the drawing. Thank you!

aracne said...

Very interesting, I enjoy reading about this kind of experiments since I haven't done much dyeing. I like the suspence of opening the cloth and see what happened.
The pouch is very pretty, I would like to join in the giveaway if you consider international bloggers as well.

Marie said...

I am loving the copper pennies on the fabric.
That color is so warm. Beautiful results. It almost reminds me of a feather head dress or a circle of feathers.
<3

Dolores said...

I really love the pieces dyed with a tin can. I never thought of doing it this way. Great job!

The bobin lace is exquisit.

deanna7trees said...

absolutely, aracne. international bloggers are very welcome. I love the giveaways to tell you all how much I appreciate your visiting and sharing your comments with me.

amester said...

Great results! can't wait to see them. I love the one with the tin can and copper pennies.

Anonymous said...

I gave up experimenting with dying but as I see your results I feel like trying again. Just great!
Doris

deanna7trees said...

thanks to all of you for commenting and you have all been placed in the drawing for the giveaway. if you are interested in seeing more of these dyed pieces, i just did another post with close-ups of some of the sections that interested me.

Jeannie said...

Oh Deanna, your results are amazing! I love the pennies around the can. Hmm, I think I may have to cook something just so I can have some cans. Hope your weekend has been fun and full of creativity.

Yvonne said...

I love how your dyeing came out and the variations you tried!

karen said...

your dying results are beautiful, all those fold and pleat marks so stunning and I actually like the wrapped jars as objects in their own right.

Lis said...

It's so interesting to see the results of your dyeing, I like the combinations that resulted from the coppers and the onion skins, very striking, I look forward to seeing what you do with them. Please include me in your giveaway, your lace pouch is lovely.

sally.wilson said...

Your experimental dying is so fascinating. When you soak your fabric in the soy milk, do you refrigerate or use room temperature? When done, do you just rinse it or actually wash it in a machine?
I love your results and your documentation Deanna, thanks.
Your pouch is precious.

deanna7trees said...

hi sally. i water down the soy milk and just soak at room temperature for a couple of days. i then squeeze out the liquid and just let it dry. i do not wash the cloth until after it comes out of the dye bath. i usually wash the dyed cloth in the sink, not in the machine because i just do small pieces.

Janet said...

Hi Deanna,
Absolutely wonderful results! Those sun patterns are great - I see so much potential in them. I really liked the tin can idea - so readily available. I also like how you document and explain - its very easy to follow.

Your bag looks beautiful - the tatting is amazing!!! I'd love to be in the drawing.

Thanks - and keep dying and stitching!

Janet said...

Opps - lace, not tatting. I'm a bit tired here. Still lovely.

Thanks.

Cynthia said...

My daughter, a budding bobbin lacer, loves tie dye and wants to learn to do it herself. She would love the bag for her bobbins! Thank you for being willing to share your talent with others.
Peace, Cynthia (tattingaway@gmail.com)

bj said...

Yes, please include me in the drawing for the lovely pouch! I've used pennies in a walnut/oak water dye...more pennies in there than are in my pocket. And the wrapped tin can idea is simply brilliant!

beejw @ charter (dot) net

joe said...

ha! found what i had missed! wow! what a wondrous idea! gonna have to play with this one...

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