Nancy H., this one is for you!
Nancy recently posted some of the hand dyed fabrics that she purchased on the MQResource site and asked people for suggestions on how to use them. Of course, I think they can be used for anything and everything! But it did get me to thinking. Her questions not only applies to hand dyed fabric but to any fabrics that we consider "special" and that can only be used in just the right projects.
I had a plan to use the Three Creative Studios Block of the Month blocks for a new project so this was a great opportunity to take some hand dyed fabrics and show how they can be blended with commercial fabrics.
The three hand dyed fabrics at the bottom of the screen are from one of my parfait packs. These three were dyed in the same dye bath so there's a little purple in the orange and pink, a little orange in the purple and pink and a little pink in the other two. They don't exactly match though so I thought it would be a good challenge for blending with other fabrics. The pattern calls for 6 fabrics - there will be 3 hand dyes and 3 commercial fabrics.
This first set shows, in my opinion, the easiest solution. Nothing mixes better with hand dyed fabrics than batiks. I pulled the stripe batik because of the great purple and orange and I really loved the addition of the green. With that I pulled 3 solids: purple, green and pink. If I were using this set I would use the purple and green, not the pink.
But that was too easy.
A more challenging option is to use a commercial print. I found this print with a watercolor feel. The pink, dark red and purple of the flowers blends really well with two of the hand dyes. Then I pulled a 2-tone purple stripe with solid green and pink. I like this set a lot and if I were using it I think I would use the purple stripe and the green and leave the pink out....but who knows.
But that still wasn't challenging enough.
Can you mix hand dyed fabrics with fussy florals? Yes, you can!
This floral print has been in my stash for YEARS and I really don't care for it much but I pulled it because the colors are almost perfect with all three hand dyed fabrics. Then I found the strip on the bottom right that I love with the floral and added a solid turquoise and dark purple tone-on-tone. This is the set I chose to work with.
I decided to make a color map replacement for the original colors in Terri's blocks. I used the floral in place of the gold, pink for the black and the other colors followed the pattern (orange, dark purple, light purple and turquoise). After cutting everything out I decided that the solid light turquoise was too stark and I switched it out for a medium tone-on-tone turquoise print. I didn't use the stripe because it would have required a lot o fussy cutting.
What do you think? Does it work? I think so! They will work even better when I complete the project. The final project will bring back that funky stripe and add in more of the purple fabrics. Stay tuned in a couple of weeks for a project tutorial on Three Creative Studios using these blocks. Sign up for the newsletter if you want to be notified when new projects are available.