Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Harvest Challenge: Dyeing Lace

Well I started going through my lace stash to try and find some lace to add to my block and found some great pieces! A few I needed to dye though so I got out my lace dyes from Ribbonsmyth and got to work. I think this is my first time dyeing the lace when I feel that I have a handle on how to do it! The large rose applique I had been given in a swap and the small rose lace I bought at EveningStarDesigns.
I also hand dyed this Cluny lace I got at EveningStarDesigns! I wanted a nice light color to it.
Then I also added some un-dyed lace using some vintage lace given to me in a swap in the center with some of my tatting below it. Also I added some of the vintage wedding lace that I've been cutting out appliques from. I just love that lace!
I haven't sewn anything down yet but just setting it in place as I hold tryouts for embellishments and think about the overall block.


Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

I love the way the lace looks dyed... I'm not ready to try any dyeing myself though! It really looks nice against the fabric!

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Wow! I love the dyed lace! It looks fantastic!

Jackie said...

That large rose applique is absolutely gorgeous! And your dying job is beautiful! I love the big applique, I think that alone will make your block look fantastic, and I know you will embellish it beautifully besides! I'm excited to watch the progress!

Melissa said...

Thank you everyone!!!
Actually the ribbonsmyth dyes for lace aren't too hard really you just paint it on like painting in a way and then let it dry it doesn't get rinsed or anything and then I put the iron on it only a little after it is dry. Of coarse these are not the washable kind of dying but it's perfect for my work that does not get washed.

I also love the large appliques! I'm still thinking of ideas to embellish them further, I know for sure beading will be a part of it!

TattingChic said...

That dyed lace looks awesome! Did you hand paint it on with a paintbrush?
Your block is looking great, I can't wait to see all the embellishments you put on it. Your stitching and beading is so beautiful!

Melissa said...

Thanks TattingChic!
Yes I did hand paint it on with a paintbrush. I just get the lace wet so that it is damp and then take a paint brush and dab/sweep the dye to the spots I want and just keep at it until it's what I want and then let it dry. After it is dry I then can add more dye over the top if I need to and let that dry. When it's exactly how I want and all dry then I just hit it with an iron and finished!