Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Dying to Play With Colour! (& textiles)

I’ve always been a textile junkie – or fabric ho ….take your pick of phrases. To be honest ‘textile junkie' would probably be more accurate though.

I’m a pretty tactile person – so fabrics, fibers, textures & patterns have intrigued since a young age - very young it seems … when I was little I used to suck my thumb & stroke the corner seam of my pillow case!

It’s not something that went away as I grew either , apart from the thumb sucking which I apparently stopped the day I started school when I realised no one else was doing it (talk about easily led - lol!). It progressed into full on sewing & of course the inevitable fabric hoarding – until I discovered glass.

So today, when a stupid dodgy router enforced multiple breaks from the internet, I finally optimized some time by doing what I have been itching to do for ages. I got out the beautiful Dupion Silk ties/strings I had started edging last night when said dodgy router first started misbehaving, some Kool Aid kindly sent by Mallory & a 1kg bag of expired date ground espresso coffee - & started playing .

I had no choice but to be creative, experimental & adventurous in my combinations of things to try, as I am not a huge fan of bright brights – I prefer more muted, muddy tones of most colours.

I’m rather pleased with the results – but the sucky camera has not picked them up well at all (I shall try again tomorrow in daylight rather than with the flash.

Did I mention that I also have a somewhat intense & torrid affair with colour? (shhhh – don’t tell Allan!). Not so much the colours I wear….but the colours that surround me hugely affect me & influence the way I feel - once started with this wonderful colour play I just could not stop - I think I may have gone into overdrive for an experiment on silk, the end result of which is pretty much unuseable.

Now all I have to do is source a reasonably priced supplier of Dupion (not Spotlight – that’s for sure) & some 100% cotton serging/overlocking threads so I can eliminate that pesky white border.

You know right now I’m kind of reluctant to put my sewing machine & overlocker away…..I almost feel a need to play with some more textiles ……..


rosebud101 said...

Yummy, those colors are gorgeous!

angelinabeadalina said...

Those are beautiful colors-- and you got them with Koolaid? See how out of the loop I am? I had no idea, but wowzers, those are great colors!

P.S. Thanks for the Star Wars giggles, in case my laptop has its fits again and I don't get a chance to tell you James and Kate thoroughly enjoyed the light saber commercial :)

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Lovely colors! It's great to know KoolAid can be used for dying silk - how cool is that?!


Deb said...

Thank you ladies! Of course a special extra thank you to Mallory - who put me onto the the KoolAid technique & sent me some ....yet another of life little pleasures we can't get here *sigh*.
I played around with the technique itself to get the results I wanted - resisted snorting the Cherry flavour that assaulted my senses as we opened the packet.....& have just realised I didn't email Mallory before I went to bed last night with the list of what colours I wanted to play with again! *crap*!

rosebud101 said...

Deb, You still haven't emailed me! Send me your list. BTW, I nominated you for an award. Come to my blog to claim it.

Lisa said...

Wow, Deb...those are amazing! Where are you selling those babies...IF I ever get my office/studio painted and as I like it that would be great on a wall.