As you can see, it’s a rather long list, but I think I can plow through quite a few of the items fairly quickly if I organize myself efficiently. Â At this level, I’m studying technique, not composition; I think that’s the better way to go. Â Composition is what you practice after you’ve developed skills, so I’m focusing on skills right now. Â (Mental note: add this to book!)
Anyway, I would normally start with immersion dyeing, but I have some friends coming over on Saturday to play with tie-dyes and Thermofax screening. Â This means mixing up lots of liquid (unthickened) dye for direct application, so I think I’m going to go with the flow and do the liquid dye section instead. Â This will be the first dyeing, so any resisted areas will come out white. Â Not ideal from a composition standpoint, but it will show off the technique very clearly (and can always be overdyed). Â Later in my experiments I will play with layering multiple techniques, but for now I’m going to work with one technique at a time.
I am thinking I will start with pretty small pieces (fat quarter size or even less – maybe 8×11 for the various resists) because these results aren’t meant for use in something, but will go straight into my dye notebooks. Â This means they need to fit into sheet protectors so I can keep records. Â This will also stretch out the yardage, so I can get more pieces from/try more techniques on my fifteen yards of fabric. Â So I think that’s a good thing.
So Saturday will be a full-on dye day, testing liquid dye with various resists. Â Friday will involve some prep work, as I want to put together a flour paste screen using the silkscreen frames I have at hand. Â (The flour paste needs a day to dry before it can be used.) Â I also want to try screen printing and stenciling various resists onto the fabric beforehand. Â Finally – and quite unscientifically – I want to finish off the T-shirts I started last week, and maybe make a few more.
Wow! Â What a lot of stuff. Â It looks like I have my summer’s work cut out for me.