Saturday, June 21, 2014

Playing with Inkodye

I've been trialling a product called Inkodye, Dale (The Threadstudio) had sent me a pack to have a play with.  

The box says 'a new and easy way to permanently print your own designs on fabric'.  Inkodye is marketed as a photosensitive dye that is activated by sunlight or UV, working on cotton, linen, silk, rayon, canvas, or any other natural and absorbent material. 

The colour I've got is red.  It comes with a bottle of dye and a screw on roller applicator thingy.  The idea is to use negative images on transparency film and print from this - it can also be used with the usual sun printing techniques using leaves, etc. 

As I didn't have any transparency/projector film for an inkjet printer I made my own alternative version.

Using super cheap plastic folders that nicely opened out, I painted these with black acrylic paint and left to dry - not long on a sunny winter day.
plastic folder

covered with black acrylic paint

design and mark making tools
Using some mark making tools - skewer, pencil and safety pin, I scratched designs into the dry paint.  The paint did peel off in places where it wasn't meant to but it just adds to the image.
scratched sheet

I found the next step a bit hit and miss, this is where the ink is rolled on to the fabric.  The bottle comes with its own roller.  As you roll the ink comes out of the bottle onto the roller - the roller is plastic and I found it a bit tricky to get an even coating.  What is quite cute is the little stopper, so you can stop the ink flow and still keep rolling to try and spread the ink.  Even though it was a coolish day the ink seemed to be drying almost instantly which made spreading it even harder.

rolling on the ink
drying in the sun
sneeking a peak

After leaving it for 20-30 minutes and removing the plastic the pattern had developed although the fabric was quite damp - bit odd given how the dye seemed to dry quickly at the beginning.  

after removing plastic
The kit comes with its own washing detergent, so into the machine it went.  As its winter the sun is quite low and the plastic lifted a bit with the warmth so I'm not sure whether the pattern would have been more crisp if the light had been more direct.  

washed - wrong side


There is still some dye left so my next experiment will probably be with the other design, I might try diluting the dye and applying it without using the roller to see if I can get a more even lighter more even coverage.  Now just need to get another sunny calm day ...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Out and About in Newtown

For the past few Saturdays, the kids have had sporting events in/near Newtown.   So I've been able to spend time walking around the area (update I do watch my kids playing sport - I don't tend to stay and watch the hour long warmups/training before a game).  Newtown is one of Wellington's more interesting suburbs and has a rather diverse mix of people living there.
Quirk's Corner

I've found a wee park ...
A quick search hasn't revealed anything about this park called Quirk's Corner - I may just have to visit the library for a bit of research.  The park is the length of a section and only a few metres wide.

While I knew that there was a Saturday market at Newtown Primary School I'd never stopped to have a look.  Great range of fruit and vegetables, as well as a few ethnic food stalls, plants for sale, even a couple of buskers.

I've also visited the Mediterranean Food Warehouse and for a complete contrast The Asian Food Market on Donald McLean St.  

I almost feel like a regular at People's Coffee cafe on Constable St, their coffee is very good.  An excellent location for some fascinating people watching.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Good (e)mail day

Earlier this week I received two interesting emails.

The first was from Dale Rollerson (The ThreadStudio).  Last year she sent me some Thermoformable felt to trial. See here for my post.
using brioche moulds to shape

Dale has recently blogged here about using the Thermoformable felt and has included work by three of her triallers, including mine.

The felt is a bit stiffer than standard acrylic felt. I had a bit of an aha moment when I read Dale's recommendation for soaking it in boiling water before using it - this softens it. Some of my abandoned (!) experiments may have been successful if I'd soaked the felt

part of 'Caveman Txts'
The second email was informing me that my SAQA Text Messaging quilt 'Caveman Txts' has appeared in Quilt Trends magazine in their Trendswatch feature, I'm not sure in which edition.  I'm not familiar with this magazine, so a quick Google search revealed another interesting magazine.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Back again

My quilt 'Colour Full' is home again.  It has been touring New Zealand for the last 7 or so months as part of the 'Colours of NZ' exhibition.  See here for my original post.

Now what to do with it??