May 30, 2009

Fabric Dyeing

I dyed a little over 18 yards of fabric this week. (Doesn't look like 18 yds when folded, does it? Well, when you iron it, it sure does!) I think gathering my supplies, bringing them to the kitchen and doing the prep work of protecting my counter tops, etc takes more time than the actual dyeing process. But I love the results. I used three different types of fabric. One is Kona Cotton PFD which I really like and another is Kauffman Pimatex PFD which has a tighter weave and the feel of batik fabric. The other is one I don't like but had a lot of after taking a dyeing class. It is a coarser type muslin that wrinkles like crazy, so not my favorite.
This is another shot of the folded fabric...mostly 1/2 yard pieces. Below are my favorites...it's always hard to cut into your favorites. I used Procion MX dyes. I did get better color by first soaking my fabric in the soda ash solution, premixing the dyes and adding the fabric to the dye vats (rubbermaid and various plastic containers with lids). No salt added this time and I let them sit overnight before the rinse out.

I pour teal over antique gold to get this effect.






3 comments:

Cheryl L said...

Ooooohhhhh Vivian, I LOVE these! I have wanted to do fabric dyeing for a long time, but haven't taken the time to actually do it. You may have to come to OH to show me how!!!!!

kimquiltz said...

Your work continually inspires me. I found you again after re-reading an old blog post from March where I had a link to your blog. Thank you for...you!

http://kimquiltz.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/o-god-help-me-to-be-a-better-artist/

Vivian said...

Thank you for the nice comments! Cheryl, you can do it...I will help you.
Kim, I just found your blog...I can't wait to read more! Very Inspiring! Thanks!