For my first creative act of the new year, I was inspired to take few items whose colors did not thrill me and put them in a vat of dye. The Pantone color for 2014 is Radiant Orchid, so I was inspired to choose a dye in that color family. From my stash, I did a mix of half Periwinkle and half Lilac. More blue than Radiant Orchid, but I just wanted to use what I had on hand.
Here’s what I choose to dye.
I made the tote bag a few years ago with hopes of selling it in a pop-up boutique that was in conjunction with fundraiser that had an orange (the fruit) theme. It’s a well made, functional, fully lined bag that even has a zippered, padded pocket for an iPad. The t-shirt was part of a series I dyed to sell this holiday season. The grey and blue ones sold, but I had two brick red ones left. I always like to throw in a few more things to take full advantage of the vat, so I put in a yard of cotton trim and a fat quarter of cotton fabric folded and bound with two pool tiles.
There is the results.
I’m quite happy!
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Both my mom and my aunt appreciate my creativity and always enjoy getting handmade gifts from me. This year I decided to dye some t-shirts for them. They are both lovely older women and not “old hippies”, so I fashioned their shirts in their favorite colors palette and used nice 3/4 sleeve, crew necks from Jones New York. I used one of my favorite dye techniques (actually no “tyeing” involved), low-water immersion dyeing from Color by Accident by Ann Johnston.
Here’s the results.
The one with the gold is for my aunt. She attends a lot of University of Washington footballs games. Maybe she could wear this shirt. I left the gold out of my mom’s, even though she a Huskie fan too. She now restricts her color palette to colors that compliment her beautiful grey hair.
Now let’s hope they don’t see this post, at least until after Christmas!
While I loved the fabric and the style, I wasn’t completely happy with the way my tie-dyed, fold-over satchel lay on the hip when worn across the shoulder. I decided to refine the bag by adding a layer of batting, some interfacing at the opening and a snap closure. I used some fabric that I purchased at JoAnn’s with the intention of altering it in some way.
I over-dyed the fabric with Coral Pink dye from Dharma Trading Co., making a pattern using rubberbands and marbles. The result was a bright fun fabric.
I trimmed the opening of the bag with a multi-colored hand-dyed fabric from my stash. It is fully lined with a polkadot print and has two interior pockets.