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hand dyed

fabric, quilts

I just submitted to quilt national 2015!

September 11, 2014

I’ve attended the Quilt National show at the Dairy Barn Arts center more than a handful of times over my teenage years. We used to visit our family friends in Athens, Ohio, where the show originates every other year.  As my interest in quilting grew, I found myself inspired by the skillful and innovative work demonstrated at the show, dreaming of the possibility of entering the show myself someday.  That day came today, when I submitted my application online.

Making its debut, is a wall hanging that I call “Southern Sunset.”  I hand-dyed all of the solid colored fabrics, improvised the top, and quilted it with modern echoing and straight lines.  I’m really happy with the end result.

Here she is – after months in the making!

 

Modern Sunset, 31″x39″.  Hand-dyed cotton solids, blended batting, thread.  Completed July 2014.

 

modern_sunset_lauren_s_palmer

 

modern_sunset_detail_lauren_s_palmer

 

diy, fabric

shibori

July 5, 2014

I decided to start dyeing my own fabrics. I’ve never tried it before, but I decided to give it a try when I accidentally bought some white Kona cotton labeled as “prepared for dyeing.” My first bit of research led me to a Japanese technique called “shibori,” which refers to the process of folding, scrunching, tying, or otherwise modifying the fabric to resist dye in certain places and accept the dye in others.

 

dyed in bucket

 

I did the typical tye-dye roll up, and then I got creative and tried some different folds and clamping methods. The results were always interesting and beautiful in their own way.

 

shibori roll up

 

shibori studies in blue

 

shibori red

 

 

Now I have about 30 yards of hand-dyed fabric. Not sure what I’ll make from it just yet, but I know that whatever it is will be very cool.

 

shibori stack

 

I’ve been posting about this non-stop on Instagram – follow me! @olivetreetextiles