The next theme for High Fiber Diet is "green", which can be interpreted as we wish, however, it must be made using a certain percentage of recycled materials. For me nothing could be more "green" than my stash of recycled shirt fabrics. Even though I took a break from using the shirt fabrics, they re still exciting to me, so it seems like a good time to get back to them.
First I needed an idea and a sketch. I had a photo I took in Quito two years ago that really appealed to me, but would be a challenge to simplify in a way that could yield an interesting composition. This is where I love sketching on my iPad, which does not lend itself to fussy, detailed design, so it forces me to pare down the detail to a more essential form. Then, playing with color on the iPad is when it gets really fun.
I needed some purples, so I did a little over dyeing of blue fabrics to get some nice, rich purples.
What I love about over dyeing is that one dye bath will produce varied results, depending on the starting color of what you put in it.
I'm making a pile of fabrics that I think will work.
This might be my favorite part of the whole process...