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Thread: Dyeing Fabric

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    Junior Member poultney's Avatar
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    Have you tried dyeing your own fabrics? I just took a class last Tuesday and I thoroughly enjoyed the class. I came home with so many beautiful colors of dyed fabric. Now my daughter and granddaughter want to dye some fabric too. I will have to post pictures of some of the fabrics when we get more dyed. My daughter wants to dye a multi color piece for the backing of a quilt she is working on. So, let us know if you have dabbled in this and show some of your results. Thanks

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    I look forward to seeing your pictures! :D:D:D
    I have dabbled, and plan on doing more, too :D

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    This is something I have never tried. I would love to see the pictures.

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    I wanna see yer dabbling

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    If we get some snow this winter, I'd like to try snow dyeing.

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    I have tried it and I'm kinda hooked :D

    Mine turned out tye dyed ... and I LOVED IT!

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    I would love to see pictures, too!

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    I have been dabbling with the Rit dyes. What kind did you use? I wanted to be sure I liked doing this before I invested in more expensive dyes and stuff. I love watching the different colors come out, tend toward light shades for background colors, have enough solids and want to get away from black white or cream backgrounds which I always use.

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    here's a thread from the other day when we talked about it.

    i posted some pics of the dyes i did that day

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-68634-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie
    If we get some snow this winter, I'd like to try snow dyeing.
    What is "snow dyeing"? :?

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    Pab58-here's a site for snow dyeing: http://gaylemckay.wordpress.com/2009...rial#comments. I have some information somewhere on my computer, if you'd like more information, give me a couple days and PM me. I hope the link goes through.

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    I also dye a lot of my own fabrics and use Kona cotton but I have been buying it from Dharma trading where I also buy my Procion dyes and other supplies like the Synthrapol. I have a lot of different colors and usually dye gradations of 6 or 8 of each color when I do it. I will have to get the black as I have found that that is a hard color to find sometimes and I seem to use a lot of black in my projects.I bought a book on ebay and that is how I started. I have never tried snow dyeing but it looks interesting. We get lots of snow here usually so I might try that this winter. I have tried sun printing and my 6 year old grandson loved helping with it and seeing the results of the items he put on the fabric.

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    I have started to get interested in dyeing...my last attempt was the 70's - I tie-dyed all my bed linen in orange and yellow...my mother was pretty horrified but it looked great to me.

    I have no chance of ever snow-dyeing!...but will have to investigate the best dyes to buy here in Aus.

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    i'm at work so can't snap a pic of my latest batch of hand-dyed fat quarters...but I LOVE TO DYE MY OWN FABRICS! every quilt i make has at least a little piece of hand-dyed fabrics...in fact i just yesturday received a new order with some new colors. i can't wait to get a couple other things done and out of the way so i can go dye some new fabrics!
    I purchase all of my supplies from Dharma Trading Company. shipping is reasonable and fast, customer service is good; selection is great! and one of my favorite (dyeing recipe books) recommends the same products i use, so for me that was a cool perk... i can follow a color - recipe and be pretty confident i will get the results i expect...although you never know for sure, part of the fun is the surprising outcomes! i also enjoy (resist-dyeing) where i put objects (usually fall leaves) on a piece of black fabric, spritz with a bleach water mixture and watch the magic happen...then you have to (stop the bleach) just rinsing is not enough you have to use something to stop the bleach...like peroxide (there are products you can buy for this) when the leaves are removed you have (shadows)then can applique fabric leaves off-set so they look like they are floating above the fabric. you can even dye commercial printed fabrics, i've taken some black& whites and (over-dyed) them with hot pink, and lime green. both really turned out great! just have to remember if you are not using PFD FABRICS (prepared for dyeing) you have to prewash your fabrics to remove any sizing/additives that may keep the dye from working.

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    Did you learn that you can make dye from avocados? The skin makes pink and the pits a rusty brown? Holy guacamole! I had never heard this before. What kind of dye are you using? I have always used procion but I love learning about other methods.

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    I've just attended a 1-day dyeing workshop and came away with 10 fat quarters in colours graduated from rasberry red to marine blue using Procion Dyes. I love them. The idea of doing a graduated batch of the same colour sounds great.

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