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More on flat dyeing and other things

A big thank-you to the folks who commented here or by email regarding the flat dyed samples. Just to clarify, I’m not taking the class with Nancy, I’m just helping friends with their dyeing. Doing the work did prompt me to get her two recent books ‘Nancy Crow’ and ‘Crossroads’ out of the library. I enjoyed looking at her work, and especially seeing her inspirations translated into cloth. Last year I took ‘Dyeing to Discharge’ with Carol Soderlund at Nancy’s, and got to see her students’ work in process upstairs when we took breaks. (Click on the subject list, below right, for links to my posts on that class. Then sign up for it!) The small samples were done with proportions from the Color Mixing I class, but only two primaries. Looking at the recipe book reveals that if you disregard value differences there are about 11 different ratios for two colors mixed together. Because of my fondness for discharge, I was trying to flat dye the darkest samples I could. I did get a question about the texture; it’s the result of putting the dye on with a plastic pipette. It struck quickly in the center of each pool, with white/light areas around it. I used a squeegee to move the colors around, out from the areas where I applied it. That was an effort to minimize the white areas. The other thing I want to try is an 11-step color gradation, using those different proportions, and pure colors at either end. Then try the same thing with mixtures. Oh, to be able to dye all day, every day!

On a sad note, the dog is no longer with us. He got almost five months which he seemed to enjoy before illness caught back up with him. So we have a less hairy, much quieter house. Here’s a picture of Dudley that captures a bit of his silly nature.

On the up side, another friend is coming in to dye on Thursday & Friday. And she recently returned from Color Mixing 2, so I’ll get a preview of that class. If I do OK at the fall shows, I hope to take a disperse dyeing class; will post on that if it happens.
Thanks for looking!
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Happy puppy

Huzzah! Dudley came home this morning. He’s understandably sore, but just about dragged me to the car for the ride home. Boy, a golden retreiver sure looks dreadful with his belly shaved. Just waiting on biopsy results. It’s good to have him back. Thanks for listening!

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More stress

Not a dye-related post, but had to vent. My poor puppy is in the hospital tonight. He barely got out the door to do the usual this morning, finished and then laid down on the spot. Long story short: a mass on his spleen, internal bleeding, hopefully he will be strong enough for surgery in the morning. So I posted this picture of his furry self with his pink piggy in his mouth, chewed-off tail & all. Prayers, crossed fingers and toes, touching wood all gratefully accepted. Thanks for listening.

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Guess it wasn’t the right job

Well, turns out that the temp job I went to today was “filled from within” when I got there. Guess it was the wrong job or the wrong time. It did free me to apply to another 3 places, though.

Tomorrow will be household chores then more dyeing! Here’s a couple things I’ve been doing lately, draped over the supplies waiting to go to the studio. All cotton – the right hand one is Hoffmann black batik stitch resisted and discharged. Plus the Dudley Budley in the foreground. He’s 5 1/2 and getting grey! Dinner’s done – thanks for looking!