Tie Dyeing

My friend Lynn Dell Swapp is a wonderful fiber artist. Back in the day, she sold tie dyed t-shirts and tapestries out of the back of her van along Highway 101 in Oregon.
This past weekend Lynn Dell (center), Diane (left), Bev and I went up to our friend, Timmy's studio to learn a few of Lynn Dell's tricks.
With Lynn Dell's help, Diane folded two large 100% cotton sheets.
Here is the critter she ended up making with the first one.
We thought it looked like a mutant turtle - it just wasn't very ninja. ;)
Diane used a dish drainer turned upside down in a tray as a base while she added the dyes to her fabric.
I took an awkward selfie to prove that I was really there.
I only folded some smaller pieces of fabric.
Deformed camel?
Dog with an excessively large tail as well as a small tail?
What do you see?
This the folded chevron snake - the backside is about to get more dye.
The next day we put all the creatures onto the ground and sprayed out the dyes.

Timmy, in blue, is walking through checking out everyone's work.

Our finished projects after being rinsed and washed.
The piece all the way to the left is mine which is next to the red and orange curtain that I over-dyed.  The groovy peace sign with spirals is Bev's as is the beautiful boysenberry and blue piece on the end.
There were lots of interesting creatures in my purple and pink piece.
I didn't put enough dye on it so I ended up with lots of white, but I think I like it.
Here is a close up of the Ikea curtain I over dyed.
I wish Ikea was still selling this!
Lynn Dell and I found this piece sitting out and we weren't sure who had folded it, so I took the liberty of putting the dye on.  I was grateful she loved the colors I chose!  It ended up being a very nice collaboration with lots of movement.
These two are Diane's big sheets.
She is going to hang up the hippy peace sign sheet when she goes camping to separate her campsite from the one next to her.  I think it will make for a very happy campsite!
These are Lynn Dell's peace sign and 3 of her swirl t-shirts, which she is selling again.  This time through the farmers market.  The lovely tshirt on the right is Bev's.
I tried to fold hearts around that center circle but didn't quite get the dips in the hearts.  I think they kind of look like pineapples.  I think I will quilt this piece as is.

Bev used an indigo procion mx dye for the tank top and scarf.  
I love this color!  
My daughter gave me her white 100% cotton sweater from Old Navy to dye for her.  It had a few stains that we hadn't been able to remove.  Those stains are no long a problem!
I really like this color combo that Lynn Dell made!
This is my favorite piece from the weekend!
This is the chevron Lynn Dell created from her long folded snake.
It's a gorgeous design and the photo does not do it justice!

I'm linking up to Off the Wall Friday.


Sylvia said…
I love it! I am so glad you were able to go!
Lynda said…
Wow! What a fun time. Thanks for sharing. Love your daughter's "new" sweater,
Chickpea said…
my dad and I have already been talking about the indigo dyeing we are going to do in october when he comes to visit from France. I am going to get that procion, thanks for the link!

your light blue and yellow piece is just fab : )

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