Saturday, February 03, 2007

Discharged Redemption Song

I've been jammin to the soothing "electro-bossa songbook of Bob Marley" and I keep singing the Amazonics rendition of his classic "Redemption Song" over in my head. I told you I was planning on discharging the lyrics with liquid dish detergent onto over-dyed cottons! I stared at it watching the chemical reaction for a good 30 minutes while dinner burned.After I rinsed, parts of lit up. Bob Marley would be 62 years old this Tuesday and I just found out after I posted this. Has Bob been singing to me to post his message? Don't laugh....I wonder if I could liven up the lyrics with stitching. I think this piece of cotton was bright orange with red undissolved dye specks before I overdyed with black...or was it red....I really should keep track of dye recipies in case I ever want to reproduce something.

9 comments:

Sue B said...

Very cool!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

I have been reading your blog for awhile and love how this piece turned out. I am going to try to discharge with dishwasher soap. I have used bleach and it was a blast to see the fabric change.

glennis said...

i like it!

Susan Schrott said...

oh man, i love your discharging!!. i just dyed buckets of fabrics and would love to know how to discharge. i have resist sitting here but don't know how to use it..feel like filling me in???pretty please. ...i love the way your voice comes through your work.
susan

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SeamRippstress said...

Thanks ya'll! I've learned from the best -YOU- The secret is... quilt like no ones watching!!

Miriam said...

very cool very original. yes, stitching would definitely enhance the design. don't take my word for it, listen to your gut which told you that in the first place!

Faith said...

wow this is so heavenly i love it...the music and soul speaks to you in so many different ways, Bob Marley would be so proud of you what youve done there its very Hey- Man

nutbudx

lisette said...

that is so cool - what sort of dishwashing liquid did you use? presumably one with bleach in it??? and how did you apply it ? i want to have ago right now :)