More monoprints using a gelatin printing plate.
Seems there is a new way to dye fabric that’s been around for a few years and guess you could say I’m late to the party! When I started dying fabric several years ago I hadn’t heard of a technique called ice dying. Ice dyed fabric has a beautiful look that’s simply different from other methods of dying I’ve tried. I stumbled upon ice dying on the internet Friday night. Needless to say I could hardly sleep just thinking about giving it a try. I had all the supplies on hand except additional ice but that was easily remedied. By Saturday morning I was geared up and giving it a go. I did 8 batches total, starting with a natural colored muslin as I prefer muted colors as opposed to those obtained on white fabric. (Seen in pictures of batch 02 prep – some how I missed taking a picture of the dyes on ice for batch 02!) I also included some pieces of linen with 4 of the batches (as seen in batch 02 prep) but only show the results on linen in batch 8. Below are the colors used and the resulting fabric. These were taken outside at the edge of a covered porch so the lighting is somewhat brighter on the right side of the pictures. Over all I think this was a cool technique!
What fun it was to see the end results! There are some great resources to be found on the web about ice dyeing and some beautiful pictures as well just by doing a search. This is one technique I will certainly have to try again soon!
Over the past couple of weeks I went on a search to find a burlap coffee sack I could purchase locally for a project I wanted to make. A most unexpected result was my stumbling upon Wildfire Coffee Roasters, located at 15502 Huebner, Ste. 101, here in San Antonio, TX. I must have been sleeping under a rock because many other people have heard about this great business it as it won the 2008 San Antonio-Express News’ Critics Choice award. After tasting my first cup of freshly brewed coffee from there, I’d say the award was right on the mark!
The next morning, DH ground and brewed some of the Congo beans at home to drink before going to work. He drank what he had time for and left for work. Upon returning home that night he reported that he had stopped to purchase a quick cup of coffee at a convenience store on his drive to work that morning as he was still wanting something to drink. He doesn’t consider himself a coffee connoisseur (although he does drink a lot of coffee) but he insists that he could tell a real difference. He said that he couldn’t even continue drinking the cup of convenience store coffee he had purchased because the taste of the Congo coffee had been so superior. Now that’s remarkable coffee for my DH to comment on it after a long, hard day of work!
I did purchase the Kona Fancy coffee bean sack (pictured on the chair) for my project. Wildfire Coffee Roasters has many styles of coffee bean sacks available for sale. Most have really cool graphics, too!
So if you’re out and about in San Antonio, stop by their store and get a memorable cup of coffee! And say hi to the owners, Tricia and Mark Sobhani – two super friendly people!
***Updated to add: The Congo coffee was available as a special offering as they were able to purchase it from their supplier. It is not a part of their regular offerings. ***