Jul 09 11

A Colorful Day and the Beam N Read Light Winner!

I had the pleasure of spending many hours dyeing fabrics before I left North Carolina. Dyeing is always an exhilarating experience as colors come to life right in front of your eyes:

…and these are created by direct application of dye to damp fabrics, resulting in subtle blending and bleeding of colors into one another:

I just let these dye platters sit in the sun until they dry. Here are a couple of close ups of the wet fabrics as they bake in the sun. Notice the wonderful effects that occur from the air bubbles:

My favorite cotton sateen fabric for dyeing is now Ultra Sateen by Robert Kaufman. It takes the color so vividly (even the off white does) and it’s just a tad heavier so it has a wonderful drape to it. And here are some tubs of bamboo/rayon blended felts that are soaking up some great color as well:

I can’t wait until the next time I can get my hands into a dye bath!

In the meantime, I’ve heard back from the winner of the Beam N Read Light, so I can announce it here! Congratulations to Brita Pingry of Crossville, TN! Check out her blog to see all the fun quilting stuff she is up to!


  1. Jean Says:

    These are gorgeous fabrics. I want to learn how to dye fabrics some time. It looks like so much fun!

  2. Debbie St. Germain Says:

    Love the dyed fabrics, that is a good idea with it being so hot out.
    I like the idea of applying the paint onto wet to get a blended look.