Final pics of the chemically dyed fabrics from Sunday’s play day!
I wanted to do at least one fabric that was a single color. I hope you can see the awesome marbeling in the darkest part of the fabric
these 2 are done the exact same way, but the first fabric was dry when I started & the bottom one was wet. The 3 dyes were applied 1 at a time as the fabric was mushed into a cup. See how the dye is more mottled on the dry. Love them both, but the bottom is my fave.
This was a 2 step dye. First I loosely rolled the fabric & applied the blue. I rinsed it lightly & let it dry until just damp. Then I re folded in a different direction & applied the yellow. The fabric caught in the fold remained blue, while the rest was turned a great shade of green. Yes, this will become my Green Bay Packers…something!
This one (1/2 yard) I think is still a work in process. I played with different direct dye applications. The orange was splattered with a brush at the same consistency as if I was dunking the fabric. The red rectangle things (hope you find them in the 2nd pic) were done with a sponge that has raised edges. All the various colors were applied & then put to soak in a pale yellow for this temporary-final look.
Last, the dye resist. What a work in process this is. First, I had 3 different methods I wanted to try; Pentel Fabric Dye Sticks, Resist gel, adhesive letters. on the first try, only the dye sticks worked. HOWEVER, I will tell you to be careful, though it dyed over, I scorched the fabric when heat setting the letters.
I applied the dye on this one with a spray bottle. Gave a nice even coat, since it was hanging on the line when I sprayed. I could see this making a nice marble if sprayed on the grass where the dye could pool.
Since I was too stingy applying the gel, I reapplied on top of the blue…but this time WAY too thick. The FUN was the adhesive letters. I think that I didn’t mush on them hard enough to get a really good seal so the letters are not crisp.
So I decided to play a little more & after reapplying the gel, I went with a black spray bottle. The black was pretty diluted, so is really a deep violet, especially on top of this blue.
since you know where to look for FUN, you can see I used the gel on the F and the U N are kinda voilet. Above the Pentel pack is where I gooped the resist gel…see it does work!
Tomorrow I will try to come back with my notes on the natural dyeing, since this is something everyone can do in the backyard without spending any money!
If you like this & want to try it, our class is on May 22nd. Work it into your schedule & book your spot now!
Until next time…
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