With the exciting arrival of my new We Make Collective box I thought it was about time to have a go with the last 1! I was really excited to learn that the box was going to be about dyeing as this is something I have done a lot of with my students at school. I think it can be such a magical textile technique as no matter how much you try to create a design you don’t really know what you are going to get until you untie that fabric & seeing the delight on my students faces when they saw their results was pretty awesome!
The We Make Collective kits come with all you need to get going along with access to great online tutorials in the members area. Check out my write up of the calligraphy & brush lettering box here. This months kit came with a load of cotton for experimenting & 3 packs of dye/equipment/crafting goodies!
I was really excited to have a go at indigo dyeing as this is something I have always admired but never been able to try so this is where I started, along with the equipment from the shibori pack.
When you receive your We Make Collective kit you also get access to a private area of the website with a password where you can find information about the kit & tutorials. Fran from FallForDIY – one of my favourite DIY blogs – who created We Make Collective had added a great tutorial for preparing the dye so I was able to get started straight away – after changing into more dye/clumsy friendly attire – & I think I did ok! The dye gets this cool film on top so I had to grab a snap whilst very nearly dropping my phone in the bucket… #livingonthecraftedge
Next was preparing my fabric. I knew I wanted to try a few different ways of dyeing the fabric I had so cut it up into smaller pieces & started with a couple of tutorials from the members area. Then I just got creative with what I had to hand!
Here’s how they came out!
I got a little carried away with the dye & did a pair of curtains from our spare room that we have just renovated which I’ll be sharing on the blog soon, follow below to see it first! I also think I might use some of my fabric experiments for my creative project #daphnerosainbloom & this months flower the Tulip so stay tuned! If you want to find out more about the We Make Collective kits check them out here – my lino cutting kit has just arrived & I can’t wait to get started!