I set a goal for myself with Kristin's color choices to use all of them in this piece. I know I've come close, probably closer in person than in the picture. I decided to work towards the volcano image, as I know I work better with images than colors. The rest is a happy accident.
I took a class with Holly Brackman at the SDA/SQA conference in San Francisco last month where I learned to dye polyester with dysperse dyes, using a heat press. At the time of the class, I thought I would not have much use for polyester, but it turns out I kind of like it. This piece is made with a 100% polyester sheer and the best way to describe how I made this is through the pictures. The picture below is of 2 different pieces of watercolor paper. The one on the left is scribbled with fabric crayons, then painted over with yellowish dye and left to dry. The one on the right is painted with red dye.
The next step was to cut small holes in the yellow paper, and feed some of the fabric through to the back side. The reason it looks pink is because I've already done the next step which is to place the red paper on top of the little pull throughs and press the whole thing in a heat press. This way, the cloth is impregnated with the yellow dye, and the pulled thru bits are impregnated with the red dye, which leaves you with the center of the above quilt. The heat press has the added advantage of pressing all the wrinkles into the fabric, and since it's polyester, it's permanent.
I was really impressed with this and and while studying it, I thought, hey, wait a minute, this could work for the volcano theme. I made a few more pieces with black and laid them all out on a piece of felt. I added some handstitched green to hold it together and pillowcased it.
Thank you Kristin for such a challenging theme, I really had fun with this.