Over the last couple weeks, I have been preparing a lot of fabric for the workshops I’ll be teaching in the next several months. I have torn yards and yards of white fabric and handdyed a variety of light colors to use in the Tsukineko inks classes and also made tea colored painted fabric for the Tea & Ephemera classes.
The longer I have been teaching I have found that my students have the best class experience when I bring fabric for them to use. There are two primary reasons for this, one is if the fabric needs to be pre-colored with paint or dye as part of the process, there is just not enough time in a 6 hour workshop to accomplish this. The second reason is, there are a variety of different weaves in pfd cottons and for many of the techniques I teach, a smooth, light weight, tight weave fabric, like cotton sheeting, works best and not everyone has access to buying that locally.
For the Tea & Ephemera class, everyone begins with a peice of mottled brown fabric that has been colored with a diluted textile paint solution.
I like to create a variety of browns, reminiscent of tea stained fabric and used tea bags.
To make this fabric, I mix watery solutions of textile paint, this is a great way to use up the remainders of paint left in the jar. I make several browns, one of my favorite colors is made by combining buttercup yellow and purple, it’s a gorgeous warm ochre brown.
I crumple peices of dry white pfd cotton fabric and dunk it in the paint solution.
After it has dried, I iron the fabric to reveal all the beautiful texture.
I’ve prepared tea fabric for half the classes I am teaching this year, later this week I will do another big batch to finish the rest. Then it’s time to prep for the next class…