Friday, March 26, 2010

Back Again

Hello….my name is Frances and I am a quilter!!    I almost feel that this is how I should start my blog since it has been so long since my last post!!!!

It has been a busy three weeks, with spending 10 days in China, spending a week getting over jet lag, and a week getting caught up on business duties!!  But, I am now starting to feel a bit more normal so thought I would catch up with you again.

I posted to a blog while traveling and want to share here a couple of posts from the trip.  The first is a trip to a fabric dyeing “factory” in Xizhou, a village in the southern province of Yunnan. 

They do traditional tie-dying (like we did in the 70’s), but make  ornate designs by taking the fabrics and sewing or wrapping them to make amazing patterns. It seemed like a mixture of Shibori and Tie-dyeing. They showed us the entire process, from soaking the fabrics in a solution that allows the fabric to accept the dye, to the process of tying the fabrics and then the final dipping in dyes. Most of the pieces are dipped several times to increase the intensity of the colors. All of the dyes are organic based with their specialty being in Indigos. Needless to say, I spent a good amount of time in the sales room!!!! When Michael “complained” that our bags were heavier, I pointed out that our wallets were lighter so it all worked out fine!!

Here are some photos of the outing……

 

Soaking the fabric in uric acid……

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One of the Indigo dye baths  (apparently they required a bit of working in between dye baths……

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The “dyeing” room….today they were doing traditional tie-dyeing……

_3084242 The pieces are tied and wrapped and then dipped in dyes.  The piece on the right has been wrapped but not yet dyed…….._3084228 This one has been dyed and the threads are now being cut to reveal the design……_3084231

After dyeing the pieces are rinsed many times…….

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Allowed to dry……    _3084248And displayed into a quilter’s paradise!!!……. 

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I bought one of the hand-dyes in the middle of this stack………._3084259 

Do I look happy, or what!!!!!………_3084253

6 comments:

JenniferJangles said...

Frances That looks so cool! Are you going to keep your fabric how it is or quilt it?

Have a good weekend,
Jennifer

Kay said...

Welcome back! That wonderful fabric is going to be one of those "too good to cut" pieces, I bet.

Frances Arnold said...

The Indigo piece that I bought has lots of open spaces. I am planning to do a lot of quilting in the open areas....maybe with some trapunto. Who knows!!!!

maggi said...

Glad to see that you are back safely. I have so enjoyed following your other blog. Your narrative at the beginning was so interesting but when the photos started to appear it took on a new dimension. Certainly something to remember. Sorry I didn't have much time to comment but thank you for sharing.

Ferret said...

Do you know of anywhere online where these fabrics are for sale. They are just amazing.

Frances Arnold said...

Unfortunately, I haven't seen these for sale anywhere else.

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