My goodness, what was I doing moping last week when there is so much to do???
On my to-do list for this weekend:
- Print lots of T-shirts. I have eight full-screen designs meant to go onto T-shirts – mostly straight copies of the royalty-free designs in the Dover books, with a few adaptations here and there. (The intent is to get wearable clothing and practice screen printing, not create the next Work of Art!)
- Dye some clothing in mottled colors. I had intended to work with dyeing, discharge, and redyeing, but I found out today that not all colors of Cibacron F (my preferred fiber-reactive dye) will discharge gracefully, and there is a good chance of getting muddy greens if I attempt discharging it. So instead I will screen print, paint with thickened dyes, and then either leave the shirt off-white or apply wax to the colored sections, then overdye (the wax protects the already-dyed areas).
- Dye some clothing in solid colors. In particular, I want to dye the sweatpants black and then screen print on them. (I reserve the right to paint one pair with orange stripes to make tiger sweats!)
- Practice four-color printing with my dragon design.
- Create some quilting fabrics by dyeing and printing on fabrics. I am torn about this one. Dyeing enough fabric for the entire quilting class is a Big Project. But it would also be great fun, and would teach me a lot about fabric design. I wish I had enough to spend a day playing with dyeing yardage! But I only have one yard of suitable cotton fabric on hand right now, which is Not Enough. Sadness. I am half-tempted to run up to Dharma Trading Company tomorrow, to get more.
- Make the first set of quilt blocks for my foundation piecing class. (This may get put off to next week.)
- Drape a second muslin on my dress form, for practice.
I haven’t put together a schedule for this stuff yet because I haven’t really solidified plans in my mind. Maybe that’s not a bad thing – this is supposed to be unstructured play, not a planned project! I guess my inner project manager is trying to organize things again. 🙂
No pretty pictures today, but LOTS of them tomorrow, I promise!
Julie L. says
If you’re not deeply committed to printing out quilting-class quantities of fabric on your own, Spoonflower does custom-printed yardage. I don’t know what their turnaround time is like, though.