I got the idea for this from Sulfiati Harris's great book, Spray Dyed
Designs, which has instuctions for a number of different spcific
projects, one of which inspired this one. I used leaves plucked from
obliging weeds growing near my working table in my back yard. I have
not yet been able to identify this vine, but I like it.
I'm afraid that this snapshot doesn't show the true beauty of this
shirt. It's really fine.
Click on the small image to see greater detail.
How I did it
I made up the usual Procion tie- or drip-dyeing solutions, and put
them into spray bottles. I used a green made by mixing a lot of
turqouise with a little yellow, and also New Black. Spraying black
dye, with a light hand, results in surprising subtlety. I gathered
leaves and spread them on the shirt to spray over. I lined the shirt
with plastic to prevent drip-through, but this was not necessarily
required, as a light hand with the spray means that the dye does not
epentrate, except where large drips fall on the cloth.
Hand Dyeing Top
How to Dye
How to Tie Dye
How to Batik
Low Water Immersion Dyeing
Sources for Supplies
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