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« on: May 01, 2007 06:53:55 PM »

this is a sample of a quilt i will make (some day...).  it isn't typical quilting, that's why i'm calling it "experimental" --> it's for my fibers class.  i did a reverse shabori dye, i started with black fabric and tyed it all up and bleached instead of dying.

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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2007 06:52:45 AM »

wow, I love this.  I think it looks amazing!  It's so beautiful and strange.

About how big is the sample?  Did it work out to your liking?

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2007 06:55:39 AM »

oh wow.. thats really awesome! I really love the non traditional look of it. Like betty_death asked, how big is it? What sort of "experimental" quilting did you do?

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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2007 02:12:37 PM »

it's about two feet x two feet.

as far as the process - i tyed and bleached the fabric, all different types of black fabric, which is why some turned all different colors than others.  i cut different size circles and just started sewing them on top of each other.  also, while i was sewing, i pulled some of the strechier fabrics so that there was some texture to it, and so it wouldn't lay completely flat.   

i've been told that when i do make the full quilt i should make square shapes like this, but have each square start off as a different color.  if that makes any sense, how does that sound?

« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2007 06:23:23 PM »

   It sounds good. Quilting square shapes might be easier to make. But I think the circle shapes lend to the bleaching effect on the material. I was watching some PBS program on quilts, one woman had done a quilt,( ripped triangles) similar bleaching the black material, but it came out Orangish. It looked fab, but the woman said she couldn't find the same fabric again.   

   Any way I think this looks...argh. really cool. Lame compliment but - urgh- I love it. Any way I love the circles, reminds me of Macintosh. I love him too.

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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2007 07:33:56 PM »

this looks really cool! how long did you leave the black in the bleach to get it all the way white like that?
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2007 03:53:57 PM »

If you and I were in the same class, I'd try to buddy up to you... lol. I miss my old textiles class... I had so much fun, and I loved hearing about how other students make their work.

Anyway, I love the colors and textures. I think it's really awesome that you experimented with bleaching different fabrics. I know some shibori artists dye thier fabric black (or other dark color) before discharging so they get consistent results... but there is something to be said for spontaneous results too!
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2007 04:52:21 AM »

Did you use regular old chlorine bleach, or that color discharge/remover various dye brands and suppliers sell?  It looks really interesting.

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