Shades of Turquoise on Fabric with Procion Dye
Today, I am excited to show you how you can achieve various shades of turquoise using Procion dye. Procion dyes are cold water reactive dyes that chemically bond to fiber. I am using the turquoise Procion as the base color dye for my upcoming indigo textile designs. Below are the various cottons and linens that I have prepared in soft turquoise blue.
This project is for anyone looking to explore ways to hand-dye fibers: weavers, quilters, crafters, and fashion designers. Really anyone looking for tips on the best way to dye something with a gradient of hues!
Read on to see how easy it is to dye with Procion dye and how I achieved these different results.
Make a Dyed Beaded Necklace using wooden Beads marbled from Shibori
Today, I am excited to show you how you can use some or all of those gorgeously marbled beads left over from your Shibori textiles projects. Some dye artists like to toss those natural wooden beads, twine and yarn directly into the dye-bath for a solid indigo finish. I found that the beads bound inside of the Kumo, spiderweb like rings left behind a visually textured marbled surface. After, quite a few Shibori projects, I set those aside.
I have been saving the beads, and if you have tried any of my previous Shibori posts, then you should hopefully have some beads laying around your house. If you would like to experiment with dyeing the beads directly in dye, that is another possibility as you will see below.
If you'd like more info on Shibori textile dyeing please see my previous posts:
1. Learn the Basics of Shibori
2. Top 5 Shibori Textiles Tips
3. Three Shibori Techniques explained
4. Shibori Workshop Results revealed
As pictured above, for this project you will need:
I had a large dye bath going that day, so I poured some of the turquoise dye into a glass jar to submerge the wooden beads and keep them separate from the rest. I even tossed an indigo marbled bead into the turquoise mix too! I let them soak for about 1 hr, while I worked with the Procion dyes. Then, I took the beads out to dry.
Next, I was ready to start stringing the beads.
I designed the necklace loosely and spontaneously. I always keep beads in low trays or bowls to keep them from rolling away as I work. I counted out around 8 of the smallest, 8 mm beads in turquoise to begin. I threaded them onto the needle and slid them down to the end of the twine which I secured with a double knot at the end. Remember to leave extra thread or twine to tie off your necklace with a clasp later. I also think this project would work well with embroidery thread.
As you can see below, I used about 6-8 of the smaller turquoise beads to begin. I tend to avoid chunky statement necklaces, and I really liked the smaller beads the best!
I hope to make another long small beaded necklace in the future. I made the large marbled beads the center and focal point of the design. I was happy with the way it came out. Once you have finished you can use natural oils to seal each beads or Modge Podge for a glossier finish, I even discovered it comes in a spray!
Plus, if you have extra beads left over you can try out these cool DIY Curtain Ties that I created for my art studio curtains using the same pack of beads.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing how-to create a marbled beaded necklace. I'd love to hear about your results, if you try it!
Shibori on Procion Dye: Part 1
Lately, I have been enjoying experimenting with multiple Shibori techniques, while learning new ways to innovate within the medium. I recently purchased the book, Stitched Shibori: Technique, Innovation, Pattern and Design, which has opened my eyes to many possibilities and patterns that can be achieved through Shibori.
Today, I would like to show you how to create stunning effects and pattern by using Shibori techniques on Procion dyes.
As you may already know, Procion dyes are fiber reactive dyes that bind to cellulose or plant fibers. Although, I am mainly interested in ways to naturally dye fabric, I do appreciate the variety and effect that results when combining Procion and indigo together.
For this project you will need:
To begin, I decided to dye everything bright magenta pink using Procion cold water reactive dye. I wanted something that would contrast with the indigo and also shine through the stitching. For this project, I used a hand stitched Shibori technique called Hira-nui. I wanted to work with 1/4 stitches. For this, I marked the 1/4" stitches first on the pleats. For the pleats, I use an accordion fold technique, which you can see here.
Read more to see hira-nui stitching explained along with the steps used to achieve this fabulous technique.
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