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Thread: Hand dyes.....

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    Hand dyes.....

    I have been on a hand dyeing binge for about a week now...did a bunch of hoodies for my grandkids. some scarves and lots of fabric. Actually about 10 yards or so of fabric...mostly half yards but a few full yard and even some quarter yards. So much fun but one problem, I just can't cut it....
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    Beautiful!!! What process are you using for these? And what dyes? Almost makes me want to try dyeing......

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    Beautiful fabrics! I sometimes have the same problem. I had a stack of hand dyed half yards a couple years ago I Loved, and couldn't seem to cut/use. They were stacked on the fabric shelves, taken out & auditioned on occasion, caressed and admired but always put back. Just recently I actually used a couple of them. The perfect fabric for the perfect project, after that first ( cut, use) it seems easier. I'm looking at them with fresh eyes. I also remind myself, if I use them up I have an excuse to schedule a dyeing day, which I totally love!
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    beautiful dying, awesome fabrics!!! i'd have a hard time cutting into it too.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    very pretty fabrics
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    Beautifully done. I love to dye but do it rarely. Thank you for the inspiration!!

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    That is something I've always wanted to do -- just haven't taken that plunge yet. Your fabrics are beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Beautiful!!! What process are you using for these? And what dyes? Almost makes me want to try dyeing......
    First of all I get all my supplies from Dharma Trading.com They have everything, Clothing, all genders, all sizes from onsies to sweatshirts, to dresses to underwear. I can absolutely recommend them for everything. I get my dyes there,Procion, my sodium carbonate, my fabric. I get the high quality fabric. The thread count is like the heavier fabric you get when buy batiks. They have stuff for batiking as well, in fact every thing for fabric colorization. The hemp socks are the best socks ever whether you dye them or not. My process is very simple. I dye in zip lock bags. I mix up the dye, procion, in plastic cups with my mordant. I use a mix of salt and sodium carbonate in warm water. I use an empty milk jug. A large bag for hoodies and T's and sandwitch bags for fabric an other small items. The scrunching of the fabric is what gives it the coloration pattern. Some times I use two or three colors to blend and mix. I pour fabric A in the bottom, add fabric, pour color B on top or in the middle if I am using three colors. It is not a messy process. Once you have your bags set to go. Leave them for 24 hours. Rinse as much as you can out and use automatic washer with sythropol fabric soap. Dry and admire your projects. I do one or two big dye days a year. It depends if my grandkids ask for something special or not. I recommend Hand-Dyed Fabric Made Easy by Adriene Buffington for techniques and dye recipes. Also available at Dharma. Also Color by Accident is a good book. Give it a try and you will see that hand dyeing is not hard, not expensive and you don't need much in the way of tools. I have been using the same plastic glasses, and old chopsticks for stiring up dyes for years. Now what pattern would best set off the fabric?
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    What awesome fabric. It's just sooooooooo beautiful.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    Aw yes. The "I can't cut" it syndrome. When you find the right pattern cutting it will be a breeze! LOL
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    Your fabric is beautiful!

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    I have been dying fabric for years. Just recently learned to "ICE DYE". It is sooo easy and the ice does all the work. Now I am trying my hand at hand painting on silk. Love it !

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