Sunday, August 1, 2010

Over-dye Day

Today I have been over-dyeing some hand-dyed fabrics that I was not pleased with. I used to think that over-dye was a last resort to save fabric, but now I know that it's a wonderful way to add depth of color to fabric. The piece above was a flat turquoise and quite boring until I dyed it in indigo.

Some of the lighter pieces were over-dyed with Wedgewood. You can't see them in this photo, but each piece has an undertone of the original color.

It's also fun to rubber band resist these fabrics so that the original color is preserved. It can be mighty messy removing rubber bands from dye-soaked fabric, but the results are worth it...

This piece is still in the rinsing stage, but the color is just what I hoped for.

This is a great way to revive fabrics I would not otherwise have appreciated.