Sharon and Lou’s Fabulous Spirals

As I said in a previous post, I recently spent the day with a lovely group of ladies dyeing fabric using different techniques taught by Sandra Wyman.

In this group of ladies was Lou (The Fabulous Stitcher) and her daughter Sharon (The Talented Teacher). We had great day and I enjoy their company a lot.

I asked Sharon (The Talented Teacher) if she would send me some photos of their fabric once it had been rinsed and washed and she has kindly done so…..and it looks FANTASTIC!!!  I can’t wait to see it in the flesh so to speak.

This technique is done by laying flat a metre square piece of fabric and slowly and carefully twisting it in from the centre so you produce something like Sandra did in the photo below.

You need to make sure you keep the spiral flat and then add the ink using a syringe to one side then the other.  Please post a comment if you have tried this technique, I would love to see your results.

You may well be wondering where my efforts are…..I dyed that much fabric, I am still in the process of rinsing and washing it.  I promise to post photos though when I have finished, especially those of curtains that My Mam gave to me which are now a nice patterned indigo!

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Dyeing Workshop with Sandra Wyman


Well I have just returned from a fabulous day with a group of lovely ladies where we played all day with dye and fabric and had a good laugh aswell.  What more can a girl ask for!!!

Sandra is a very nice lady who took us through a number of different techniques which we all completed and I for one learnt a great deal from someone who obviously knows her stuff.

Here is a taster of what we got up to….

We chose a colour and created 4 different variations of this colour…

we used 2 different colours to create 6 variations using different quantities of dye…

how much fabric can you get in a plastic cup!  One colour in the bottom and a second poured in over the top…

this is a yellow linen table cloth with hand embroidered flowers that I bought in a charity shop which I have pleated and dyed using 2 different colours….I can’t wait to see what it will turn out like….

this is the front of a metre square of fabric which is twisted in the centre to form a coil which is then held together with elastic bands.  Dye is then added using a syringe…wait until you see the finished results…

and this is the back.  Sandra has promised to send us photos of the finished result.  I can’t wait!!

We also had a special treat at lunchtime when Sandra showed us her incredibly impressive quilts and talked us through how she had made them.

Find out more about Sandra’s talent at

My only complaint, as always, is the day went far too quickly!

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Printing with Thickened Dyes Tomorrow!


A few months ago I joined a group called Textile Without Limits which is a contemporary quilting and textile group.

The people in the group are lovely and are so very talented (not sure what I am doing there!) and I really enjoy going.

The group meets every month on alternate Saturdays and Sundays and tomorrow Leah Higgins, who runs the group, will be leading the day doing printing with thickend dyes.  I have never done this sort of thing before so am really looking forward to it.

Leah is very knowledgeable and provides very detailed instructions with regards to what we need to bring.  One of the things is fabric……..

I bought some white cotton pieces from Empress Mills at the Festival of Quilts this year and following instructions from Leah have soaked the pieces in Soda Crystals today (which I happened to have in the cupboard) and the picture below is the fabric drip drying on the washing line today in a rare day of sunshine here in Manchester!

I have no idea if I did it right as I have never used the stuff before so in a ‘belt and braces’ approach I also bought some ‘ready for dyeing’ cotton fabric from Whaleys in Bradford.  They have so much choice that it is hard to choose so I tormented the poor sales lady this week asking for some advice!

Soooo, I will use both sets of fabric tomorrow and see what happens.  I will post pictures of my ‘creations’ despite how they turn out!! My apologies in advance if they are not very good.

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