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Tish | Posted in Photo Gallery on

This dress is not new, but I’ve never photographed it before.  The inspiration was an article about using tie-dye and resist techniques and household bleach for color-discharging dark fabrics.  On thing led to another and I experimented with all sorts of hues, then began putting color back in after I took it out.  This dress was supposed to have only a line of pansies , but the bleach bled into the fabric and gave a wonderful shaded effect that made me think of graduated heights of flowers in a border garden. 


Edited 9/4/2002 4:15:26 PM ET by Tish


  1. Jean | | #1

    Lovely, Tish!

    1. Tish | | #2

      Thanks, Jean.  Say, this picture posting is a real wait and see enterprise isn't it?  Do you knit while you're waiting for pictures to upload?

      1. Jean | | #3

        I have a fast computer and a cable connection so I really don't have time to knit or file my nails. It's very quick.

  2. carolfresia | | #4

    Tish, that's really pretty. What a great use of a variety of techniques in a single garment!


  3. rjf | | #5

    How do you get so much done???  The dress is lovely and the shadowy effect is beautiful.  Misty spring morning.      rjf

    1. Tish | | #6

      Well, I got that dress done several years ago.  I really went crazy on that one.  That was the project that made me give up on commercial stencils and begin cutting my own.  I wanted and needed delphiniums and was not going to back down!  I have a few more painted dresses, but they are not bleached first.  I have one with spring flowers, similar this one but with tulips too, and a summer wildflowers dress with barn swallows on the frint and back bodice.   Designing and cutting the stencils takes a lot of time, but the painting is fun.

      Thanks for the nice compliments!

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