Wednesday, 29 August 2007

More fun with fabric - dying and tying!

I do not mean tie dye but both ideas individually. First the dying:


Some friends and I attended a dying workshop last Saturday at the home of another quilter friend.






(These photos are mostly courtesy of Penny)









We mixed quite the variety of dye baths but shared 6 in common.








Wow what a different result in colourways yet we used the same brand of muslin, varying only slightly in description. I had the only bleached muslin. Funnily enough, both my bleached and Jill's Nature's Way unbleached took the dye similarly - brighter; Penny and Elaine's were both unbleached and they ended up in pastel variations after rinsing .











My set of hand-dyeds (which were 2nd from the right):


I also played with a gradient orange...what should I do with these babies now?
oh yes.. the tying: fascinating blog entry on using fabric to wrap gifts. There are great links to diagrams.

7 comments :

  1. Beautiful fabrics! Love those shades of orange.

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  2. you'll soon be addicted to dying as well as everything else, linda!
    the fabrics that took the dye better were probably mercerized - i use it for that very reason!

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  3. Oh, I LOVE the orange. It's my favorite color.

    I'm thinking that "some day" I'll get into dying fabric, but not until I get rid of some of the stash and not until my kids get older, LOL.

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  4. Dyeing is so much fun! I don't know what I would do with all the orange, though. Glad it is your worry!

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  5. Anonymous9:41 am

    What did you use for you dye? I really want to dye fabric, but yet to find the right dye to use.
    Heather

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  6. We used Procion Dyes. We did the dying at a friend's home so I do not have all the purchase details. I do know they were purchased on-line.

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  7. What great colors, this is definitely on my list of something I would like to learn to do!

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