Saturday, March 26, 2011

There's a rainbow over the island!

Welcome to Dyer's Cove. I haven't explored this part of Quilt Island for some time. I looked over my notebook and the last time I dyed fabric here on the island was in 2002. I have dyed fabric at a couple of classes, but for something I enjoyed so much it sure has taken me a long time to get back to it.

Dyeing to Quilt by Joyce Mori and Cynthia Myerberg is very well written with easy to follow instructions. Today I followed the recipe for a color wheel which has 12 colors. I've made this before and have the swatches pinned to my design wall. You may have seen it in some of my pics.

Three primary colors are mixed in jars. Fuchsia, Blue, Yellow.

The first color in the wheel is the pure fuchsia. The next color is mostly fuchsia and a little bit of yellow. After that it's more yellow and less fuchsia. Then pure yellow. So red, red orange, orange, yellow. Each color is mixed in it's own blue plastic cup.
Rubber gloves are a must! Purple gloves are fun. The dye mixed in the blue plastic cup is poured into a bowl. I presoaked 1/4 yard width of fabric strips in a soda ash solution which helps the dye bond to the fiber. The fabrics are numbered 1-12. Strip 1 is dipped into the fuchsia, swished around and squeezed to make sure the dye soaks into the whole piece, then the strip is popped into a plastic bag and sealed shut. Rinse out gloves, bowl, careful not to drip! Onto the next color. Repeat repeat repeat!

The fabric is left in the bags for several hours to cure. I left mine in for 4 hours. Then rinse, rinse, and rinse some more. Then pop in the washer with some soap for wash. I let the washer fill with water before adding the fabrics. The colors don't run into each other, so it is okay to mix them together.

Lovely blues and greens.

Lovely reds and yellows.

I have a project in mind for these fabrics. Art Quilts Maine has a challenge for Maine Quilts in July. The challenge is to make a wall quilt around our favorite children's book. I've got a great idea, but I won't be able to tell you about it until after our June meeting when we have our big reveal. Well, maybe I can show you some bits and pieces, eh?

By the way, the Quilt University class I was taking is finished. I will post all about that soon, there's lots to show and tell. If you are thinking about taking a class, my experience was very positive.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bill's Hat

Bill's Hat

Here's an easy hat pattern for an adult. I knit this hat for my DH out of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes, about 2 skeins.The yarn is worsted weight-4.5-5 sts=1 inch on Size 6-9 needles. I used a 16 inch circular size 5 (3.75 mm) needle. Each skein is 110 yards, 50 grams. The hat is knit in the round. Double pointed needles are necessary for the last couple of rows.

Cast on 144 sts. Knit 2, Purl 2 for 9-10 inches. If you want to cast on fewer stitches remember to cast on a multiple of 4 stitches.
Decrease Round 1: K1, K2tog, P1 around.
Decrease Round 2: K2tog, P1 around.
Decrease Round 3: K2tog around. Repeat this round, changing to double points when necessary,
until there are 9 stitches left. Cut yarn and thread through remaining loops. Darn in ends. Fold up edge for warm ears.