Saturday, February 4, 2012

Fun with transfer dyes, part 2

Now that I'm over bronchitis, I am once again walking (slowly) around the neighborhood. [Memo to self: next time, don't wait a month before going to the doctor.] We've been having alternating rain and sun, and the leaves that are still slowly falling off the trees are decaying into interesting patterns. This has provided innocent amusement for both the neighbors and me. The neighbors get to observe me walking along and stopping every few steps to dive down and pluck something out of the gutter. If they didn't already know I was crazy, this probably cinched it. I don't think explaining "I'm collecting partially skeletonized leaves," would help much.

Then I get to take my trophies home, press them in the telephone book (nice to know it's still good for something), take them out and slather paint on them, and make a print on a piece of scrap paper.

You may notice that the paper around this print has been cut away in an apparently random fashion. This is one of the things I love about transfer dyes: I can snip away the worst drips and blots before committing to fabric.

Let the print dry, press it onto polyester fabric, and you get this:

I'm working on a piece of fabric that's to be totally covered with leaf prints; will take a snapshot when it's done.


  1. Cool, Margaret! I've only played slightly with transfer dyes but I do like the look and it's not really messy is it! Interested in what you end up doing with your pieces.

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