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Thread: fading fabric to make designs?

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    Moderator kathy's Avatar
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    Ruth, I haven't done that but I have done sun painting. Dharma Trading has sunsensitive paint, you paint your fabric, lay your items on it then put it in the sun or under a bright light, as it dries the part under the leaves or whatever you use goes back to the original color of the fabric and the open part is dyed the new color. When it's dry you put it between 2 layers of foil and iron it real hot to set the paint, it's a little stiff but after you wash it you can barely notice.

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    Hello Carla. No, Colleen Wise does not fold the fabric when she discharges. Her "thing" is shadows and visual dimension and discharging is one way she uses to create them. White vinegar can be used as a stop bath (to stop the bleaching process), but it is the least effective. The best is something called Anti-chlor, but most folks don't have that around the house. It comes from dye suppliers. Even after washing out the bleach with water, it can continue to eat the fabric if you do not use something to chemically counteract the chlorine.

    Yes, the avatar is a piece I made. Glad you like it. :D

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    community benefactor Knot Sew's Avatar
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    The leaves do dry up to fast. I did find an interesting site using bleach

    ag.udel.edu/extension/4h/adultvolunteers/StateLeaderForumHANDOUTS/Dyeing%20with%20Bleach.pdf

    I may try this one You can paste and copy it in the address bar

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