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Thread: To dye fabric or not to dye fabric

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    How many dye their own fabric and what is the best method.

    Tea dyeing is the only method I have used other than ritz dye in years past on childrens clothes when they were stained.

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    I love Procion Dyes. Check out Dharma Trading for inspiration and resource.

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    I died some black an white fabric because I neened it to be black an yellow and it came out great. I used ritz dye. I couldn't find it in the color I needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    I love Procion Dyes. Check out Dharma Trading for inspiration and resource.
    This.

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    A lot of good information here on dyeing fabrics :D:D:D

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

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    i dye fabric every week, some times a few times a week.

    a few people have sent me PMs on the topic and this is a copy of the message i send to them........



    i buy my PFD from joanne's online when they have 50% coupons.

    i buy the Kona Cotton 58/60 inch wide, i prefer the quality and hand of it over the 44 inch wide plus i can use it for hand dyed backing fabric.

    here's a link

    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/p...RODID=prd29525


    then i buy my dye from dharma trading, i keep 11 colors in stock all the time and from those 11 colors i can mix any color under the sun that i want.

    the colors are

    lemon yellow, turquoise, fuchsia red, golden yellow, cobalt, chinese red, kelly green, deep orange, grape, black, and new black.

    here's a link to the dye i use

    http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/en...lnav=dyes.html


    then the best book to buy for knowing the formulas for 900+ colors is the fabric dyer's dictionary. it gives you a color swatch and the recipe to make that color

    here's a link to the book

    http://www.amazon.com/Fabric-Dyers-D...6209893&sr=8-1

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    great post, Fancy! I have 9 out of 11 of those dyes ;-)

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    Thank you so much I did not expect and answer so quickly. I have just ordered the book you suggested and looked at fabric and dye colors. I will purchase those next week. Thanks again.

    Gail

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    here's 24 FQs i made yesterday for a basket quilt i'll be making with 30s and feedsack fabric.

    these will be the scrappy blender fabrics.

    all i used was the fabric from joann's, the dye from dharma, and the recipe book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    great post, Fancy! I have 9 out of 11 of those dyes ;-)
    excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    here's 24 FQs i made yesterday for a basket quilt i'll be making with 30s and feedsack fabric.

    these will be the scrappy blender fabrics.

    all i used was the fabric from joann's, the dye from dharma, and the recipe book.
    Can you just mix a small amount of dye., to do like 1/4 yd of fabric? or do you need to do a large size?

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    all of the fabrics in those pics are a FQ done in a single color and i only mixed enough dye to color that single FQ.

    when you do a large color wheel like i did you'll mix up a larger amount of the primary colors (blue, red, yellow) and then just combine them to make that one single color.

    so you might start with a 1/2 cup of the 3 colors (red, blue, yellow) and then you just put a teaspoon or two to make that shade.

    the recipes from the book are given for a FQ or a yard. i have doubled and tripled the recipe when i wanted to dye 2 or 3 yards of the same color.

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    fabric dyeing is just about my favorite past time! :)
    i usually use procion dyes from Dharma Trading company, but have had some fun and good outcomes from good old rit dye.
    it is one of those activities that some people really jump into and love doing (like me) and then there are people who do not like the process at all and prefer to purchase their fabrics. if you want to just try it out Dharma sells some really good beginner kits...you can even get a batiking kit and learn to make batiks. it is a good way to try it out without a huge investment. one of our local quilt shops offer classes frequently dying fabrics, thats another way to try it out if you can find a class near you. there are so many different dyeing techniques, i never tire of dyeing my own fabrics! :)

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    Just a word of caution - I love to dye fabrics but am not able to mix the dyes due to having asthma. Dharma folks said it was not safe even if I wore a respirator mask. Solution-found some ladies locally who like to hold classes and they have the dyes premixed for everyone along with the soda ash. So I always have fabric ready and when they notify me they are holding a class, I pay the fee, skip the classroom (with their permission) and head straight to the dying room! Wonderful for me. So suggestion is that if you have a respiratory problem, maybe you can find someone to mix the dyes for you!

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    yes, the dyes and fixatives are fine particles. lucky for you to find a way to enjoy the creativity. My husband works in safety and provides me with masks.

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    Your fabrics are beautiful. What do you use to mix the dye in should it be glass. Then what container do you use to put the fabric and dye into together. I guess you can tell how excited I am and now you have doubled that since I have seen your fabric.

    I went ahead and ordered the dye but will have to wait until next week to order the fabric but I love the price.

    Thank you again for your help.

    Now I have something to get addicted to.
    Gail

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    glass works best. I save jars. I use big plastic buckets to soak my fabrics in the soda ash solution.

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    i mix the dye concentrate and soda ash in jars that i saved too (baby jars, jelly jars, etc).

    then i dye FQs in zip lock bags.

    if i'm dyeing 1-3 yards i use a wallpaper tray that people use to wet the wall paper before putting it on the wall. you could use planter boxes too just make sure they don't have drainage holes in the bottom.

    if i'm dyeing 3-6 yards i use the big buckets that my clumping cat litter came in.

    if i'm doing a multi colored mottled fabric i put the dye solution into squeeze bottles and do a direct application to the fabric instead of a dye bath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliotsgreatgrandma
    Your fabrics are beautiful. What do you use to mix the dye in should it be glass. Then what container do you use to put the fabric and dye into together. I guess you can tell how excited I am and now you have doubled that since I have seen your fabric.

    I went ahead and ordered the dye but will have to wait until next week to order the fabric but I love the price.

    Thank you again for your help.

    Now I have something to get addicted to.
    Gail
    price was a big factor to me, i would say it cost me $8-9 to make those 24 FQs and they would have cost $50 in the store.

    then the next biggest factor why i wanted to learn to dye, ease - i never have to run around town looking for the right colors for a project.

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    Great I have all of those containers already. Now I just have to wait for it all to arrive. I already have some white material on hand so I will use it for trial and error. I also ordered the pre wash treatment, gloves, soda ash, and sodiumalginate thickener for cotton. What is this last ingredient?

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    the thickener is used for direct dye application onto fabric - that way it's not a drippy mess all over the place.

    mix the thickener well before hand, it looks gritty at first and then later it will look smooth. the thickener can last like a month.

    also pick up a set of measuring spoon ranging from 1 TBS down to as small as 1/8 of a tsp, that would be great.

    you can never let the utensil used for dyeing mix with the ones you use for food cooking.

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    here's some fabric i dyed today. its a little over 2 yards that i'm going to use for a quilt back.

    the fabric is placed right next to the swatch color from the book.

    i dyed it based on the middle swatch color and the recipe.
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    Definitely dye some fabric. You will love the outcome,just use the one gallon plastic bags,not much trouble,very easy to do.

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    Ow wow, great thread. So much information here! I keep flirting with dyeing, maybe soon. Thank you all for posting.

    Are Procion dyes as washfast as commercial fabrics? I'm wondering whether I could use hand-dyed fabrics together with others in quilts that would get used and washed...

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    thanks for the p.burch site really good info

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