Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Something a Bit Different

Nope, these aren't tatted -- they're crocheted. They were all done a number of years ago (more than 5 certainly) and stored in tins or plastic bags or bins. Not a nice thing to do! They didn't wash up well, but my sister fixed 'em up when she was tie-dying. This first one was actually done by my mom. Somebody spilled something on it, and I told her I'd wash it and restarch it for her. Uh-huh, like a thousand years ago. Fortunately, she likes the result! It was twisted by itself then dyed in shades of purple and blue.
This second one was placed inside a t-shirt then twisted and dyed with the shirt in shades of blue. It used to be ecru, but very dirty ecru. I also think it was supposed to have individual pineapple points at the outer round. As I recall, it meant lots of threads to hide and I was sick of the color, so I just put it away. I like it the way it is now!
The third one was also placed inside a t-shirt and twisted then dyed in shades of purple. The picture doesn't do it justice!
Finally, she prepared a shirt and a doily for dying (soda-ash bath) and stretched them over a styrofoam board. I pinned the doily out to shape on top of the t-shirt. She put the dye into spray bottles and sprayed both the doily and the shirt. After an overnight stay in a plastic bag, they were separated, rinsed and washed. Then I pinned out the dyed doily. This one is all in one color of blue, but the back against the t-shirt didn't get dye on it, so the reverse side is pretty interesting. The t-shirt is mine, mine, mine!

8 comments:

Clyde Page said...

I love the effect the tye dyeing had on the doily's. Very unique.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

What fun! These are totally awesome!

Marty said...

Thanks! She also did two tatted doilies for me, but I have yet to block them. I'll add those and the one corresponding t-shirt another time.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

These are stunning! They remind me of the painted thread doilies that I thought I'd try a couple of years ago. I bought the pattern, bought the thread, and that's as far as I got. Maybe I'll dig them out!

Tattycat said...

What wonderful ideas Marty! I am so jealous! I have never tried tye dying, but the spraying of the doily on the tee shirt I must try. What a wonderful way to advertise our old crochet or tatting that we don't mind dyeing! Thanks for the inspiration.

Denise said...

wow, those are great! i guess you really can't leave anything white around bonnie...

Sewicked said...

Ooooooh, preeeetty.

Amanda said...

OOOOOHH! I want a shirt like that!!!