As you probably know Peter and I have been dyeing fabrics for over 15 years. Ever since I learnt the basics from Carol Soderlund we have been creating beautiful fabrics on a high quality cotton poplin. If I could go back and count how many metres we had ordered from our supplier I am sure it would have been in the tens of thousands. I wonder where they all are now?
With the development of our new website we decided to revisit how and what we dye. Over the last ten years due to the increasing popularity of hand dyes, the commercial fabric companies have tried to replicate hand dyed fabrics and ombre and multicoloured fabrics as well as the beautiful batiks. They are great if you want totally repeatable patterns but still have that commercial feel to the them. Hand dyed fabrics have been still used by quilters and textile artists who want to create something original and with that unique look of hand made fabric so our fabric has still been popular.
Using only the primary dye colours of Red, Yellow & Blue Peter has dyed 144 different single colour hand dyed fabrics.
We used two different sets of primaries so there are 72 colours in each of Hand Dyed Cotton Sateen Set A & Set B. These are our swatch sets samples.
We have also created new coordinated sets of 6 fabrics by going vertically down each column and they are gorgeous too.
We have also changed our base fabric for these single colours and are now using a beautiful cotton sateen which has a high thread count. Its not shiny just a subtle sheen and is absolutely beautiful to sew with. We have it also on the website in two widths including 3.5m wide which is perfect for whole cloth quilts.
We have also selected three Spectrum Sets for an instant palette
Using our formulas we are able to replicate these colours in any lengths and the minimum is 1/2 m.
The textures are beautiful and of course will be different for each fabric but the colours should always be closely similar from batch to batch. Hand dyeing fabric is not an exact science so perfect matches cannot always be achieved but we think we will come close.
So we hope you like our new fabrics and watch out for our multicoloured ones coming soon.