To Dye For

Don’t you love hand-dyed fabric? Making it yourself is really fun. I’ve dyed fabric before, but packed away those fabric painting and dyeing dreams when we started remodeling several years ago. Daily life has been enough of a juggle without dripping wet dye cloths around our compressed living quarters. Now that we’re in the ‘putting-it-all-back-together’ phase, those fun fabric projects are finally getting off the backburner.

Dye supplies


Last Saturday I went to a guild-sponsored workshop on fabric dyeing. Sheri Wood, of White Robin Designs, was the instructor, and she made everything fun.


Bleach-printed fabrics



The first part of the class was devoted to discharge dyeing. In very basic terms, that means bleaching away portions of already-dyed cloth. Sheri explained the process and demo’d several different techniques, then turned the group loose on a pile of fabric. We made freezer paper resists, painted and stamped with thickened seaweed goo and glue, and learned several simple tie-dye type techniques for creating patterned fabrics.

Gradation-dyed fabric




The afternoon class was crammed with several different dye techniques. Mottled fabrics were made in tiny plastic cups, freezer tubs housed layered gradations, and seaweed goo made an encore appearance, this time in color!


Visually textured fabrics



All in all, it was a very fun day.

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