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Thread: Dying Your Own Fabric for Quilts???

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    Hello, again. I have a question for you all. I bought fabric and Dylon fabric dye (black) today at Hancock Fabrics. Question #1: Is there a REALLY GOOD fabric dyeing book available? Question #2: What book do you recommend? (if any). Question #3: Have any of you dyed your own fabric for a quilt?
    Question #4: Is it easy to dye fabric? :roll:

    Any help or suggestions would be appreciated...

    :thumbup: debra :thumbup:

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    I have not dyed fabric, but I met a quilter at Hancocks who said she regularly dyed the wide muslim backing for quilts. She was very pleased, said her the backs of her quilts always matched the fronts. She did say not to dye in a washing machine...but I can't recall what she did dye stuff in.

    Not much help, huh? Maybe someone else will be. :)

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    Here is a website with some ideas :D:D:D

    http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/instructions.shtml

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    seriously if you bought Dylon you don't need any book, just read their directions..If you get in Procion MX dying, then PM me....

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    I believe black is actually the most difficult color to achieve with dying.

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    for dying with this type of dye all you need a container to fit the amount of fabric you have. The directions should tell you what you need to do. Dylon dye does not require batching, soda ash, urea, etc...it is much like RIT dye.
    Here is a link to the site:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_6018479_dye-...abric-dye.html

    Just DO NOT use your machine...I have with RIT and it came out OK after another wash with just bleach in the machine, but I would just use a 5 gallon bucket if it is more than 3 yards but less than 10!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I believe black is actually the most difficult color to achieve with dying.
    NOPE,,true red is...

    black just requires MORE dye per ratio to water..say 3:1, but with Dylon & RIT it is pre measured, no mixing, etc.

    the smaller your container, the less water you will have to deal and the more color you will get...of course you will also have to rinse 3-4 times!

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    you can get some great fabrics after dying i used procion dyes just follow instructions ---find a teacher--they do take a lot of rinsing great one off fabrics

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    I have been including my own dyed fabrics in each of my quilts for years now- a great book is:
    the dyer's bible-
    there are quite a few good books available on the subject.
    I recommend visiting Dharma Trading company
    they carry all of the supplies needed- offer lots of free information, tutorials and the customer service staff is great answering questions and helping if there is a problem.
    no it is not (hard) to dye your own fabrics, it is easy, fun and can get you those colors/designs you just can not find in the stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    I have been including my own dyed fabrics in each of my quilts for years now- a great book is:
    the dyer's bible-
    there are quite a few good books available on the subject.
    I recommend visiting Dharma Trading company
    they carry all of the supplies needed- offer lots of free information, tutorials and the customer service staff is great answering questions and helping if there is a problem.
    no it is not (hard) to dye your own fabrics, it is easy, fun and can get you those colors/designs you just can not find in the stores.
    How do you dye designs in the fabric? Wax? tie-dye? silk-screen? are they washable? That sounds like something messy and fun!

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