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    I am a dye-a-holic!
    I can hardly wait for it to warm up for more than 6 hours so that I can haul my stuff out and get to making some HOT new fabrics.
    I have some I want to over dye!

    in the early summer I usually go down to TX to my sister's farm and we dye about 50 yards of fabrics....we have folks come by with their fabrics and we go at it for about 4 days straight!

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    I love to dye too. Need to get it out and jump in:)

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    Never tried it! Looks like fun :D

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    I first fell in love with fabric dying back in my early GS days..then as a camp counselor we always did tie dye...then in the SCA we dyed for our garb..now I just love to create my OWN blenders, marbles, etc...

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    Me too, I just bought some fabric to dye (as soon as I finish the latest quilt, lol). I've done it all too & taught some local classes. It's a lot of fun :)

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    WoW!!! I think you people are incredible!!! I would never dream of dyeing fabric, especially at my age,,,but you deserve mucho kudos for the ambition!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trisha
    WoW!!! I think you people are incredible!!! I would never dream of dyeing fabric, especially at my age,,,but you deserve mucho kudos for the ambition!!!
    Dyeing is fun for all ages! I have pics here somewhere of dyeing with a friend and our gaggle of toddlers. Me explaining the rainbow fingers for days after is pretty funny too
    :mrgreen:

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    Emptyshellamy,

    Very nice blog! Thanks for sharing. :thumbup:

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    Looks like you had fun! I have only dyed completed quilts with tan Rit dye. I did it because when finished I thought the quilt was too bright, it did make them better. :thumbup:

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    What type of fabric and dyes do you use?

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    GOsh it looks wonderful. I have not attempted it before because I don't know anyone who does. Just getting together in the country would be fun. By the way, I do live in the country is anyone wants to dye. I have fabric. LOL. Thanks for sharing.

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    Looks like lots of fun :-D

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    I bought dyed fabric on here before and have them on a shelf where I can find them now. Haven't decided how to use them yet. Kind of like when we used to tie dye our t-shirts back in the day. Maybe they will sell some on here one day. Those of us who don't dye, buy. ROFL

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    I used to love doing it. Hopefully, I'll have time for it again.

    Love the pix.

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    I love to dye fabric as well!!!! :thumbup:

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    Inspired by this thread I'm dyeing some right now & writing a quick "anyone can do it" tutorial with pics :) I'll post back tomorrow with a link when they're done. Thanks to Jacquie for bringing this up, I really missed dyeing & am having fun this morning (and avoiding a pile of housework, lol).

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    Quote Originally Posted by roxannebcb
    What type of fabric and dyes do you use?
    I use cotton fabric, muslin mostly, that I wash in synthropol and then soak in soda ash. Then I dry it and put it away til it is time to dye it!

    I do the prep part in the winter!

    I use Procion MX dyes.

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    me too...LOVE LOVE LOVE dyeing my own fabrics...and the hand of the fabric is wonderful. I want to use up my stash (good luck) to whittle it down only to hand-dyes!

    Laurie

    check out Dharm Trading (in Calif) and Prochem (in Mass)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycquilter
    me too...LOVE LOVE LOVE dyeing my own fabrics...and the hand of the fabric is wonderful. I want to use up my stash (good luck) to whittle it down only to hand-dyes!

    Laurie

    check out Dharm Trading (in Calif) and Prochem (in Mass)
    do you over dye some of your stash?
    I do..I especially love to dye white on white prints...

    I have taught dyeing, painting, marbeling, and inking on fabric for years, and I still learn new things....if you ever need anything let me know..I keep plenty of supplies on hand to sell to students.

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    I do a little fabric dying, and plan to get into in a much bigger way when it's a little warmer outside!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    I am a dye-a-holic!
    I can hardly wait for it to warm up for more than 6 hours so that I can haul my stuff out and get to making some HOT new fabrics.
    I have some I want to over dye!

    in the early summer I usually go down to TX to my sister's farm and we dye about 50 yards of fabrics....we have folks come by with their fabrics and we go at it for about 4 days straight!
    I wouldnt know the first thing about it. Looks like fun though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by roxannebcb
    What type of fabric and dyes do you use?
    I use cotton fabric, muslin mostly, that I wash in synthropol and then soak in soda ash. Then I dry it and put it away til it is time to dye it!

    I do the prep part in the winter!

    I use Procion MX dyes.
    I tried that way once (prepping) and dang what a MESS I had, LOL. It's really cool to see how other people dye (hint hint) ;)

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    Here are a couple of quilts that I used my hand dyed fabrics in as an important part of the quilt.
    Maya's ribbons was made to show off the dyed fabrics.
    April showers was a guild challenge where we had a FQ of the blue polka dot print and I dyed the fabrics to match the colors in the dots...would you believe not one person in the guild "got it"....

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    Just the last couple of weeks I tried snow dyeing. It is interesting and I like the way the fabrics come out but don't know if I'll do anymore, at least this winter, unless we get another big snowstorm. I love batiks and this fabric has that marbled look.
    Jacquie your quilts are spectacular

    Pat

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    have you ever tryed to snow dye. It shur looks like fun. oops maybe you don't get snow. If now I live in Iowa I'll send you some :lol:

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