Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Little Experiment




I've been waniting to try this for a while, ever since I read about it in the the thr3Fold Journals from the Kemshalls and Catherine Nicholls. http://www.thr3foldjounral.com/ I made a little quilt sandwich with some fabric I had dyed and stitched a wavy quilting design through it. I used cotton variegated thread.


I then painted discharge paste with a brush (I tried a roller but it was too uneven). I let it dry and then steamed and ironed it thoroughly. I wear a respirator for this as its so stinky.


Its definitely a very cool thing to play with and I have lots of plans to make more. The best part is that it took very little time to make a sample. Love it! The top one is the discharged piece.

4 comments:

Rayna said...

Yummy piece! I find thiox paste I make myself to be way less toxic smelling than discharge paste. I'm on to read some earlier posts...

fndlmous said...

I've been playing with almost the same technique, but I sure didn't get the crisp lines you did. I was using a very soft muslin--maybe I need a fabric with a higher thread count. I'm also thinking that a fluffier polyester batt, rather than Warm'n'Natural. Nice to know someone else is as weird as I am.
Pat f in Winnipeg

Janet Rice-Bredin said...

Susan your discharged piece looks like a Complex Cloth version of reflections in water. I have often wondered how to interpret watery ripples and reflections into cloth, and I think your technique is perfect. Good job!

margaret said...

Thanks for showing this - it opens up whole new vistas of possibilities!