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Thread: Fabric Dyeing in the microwave! (10/9/09)

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    Last month the speaker at my quilt guild was Diane Ricks. She is a fabric artist & quilter - she was in several of the Fairfield garment challenges - & she also did a workshop for us on microwave dyeing. It was soooo much fun!!! She had us each bring 2 yards of white cotton fabric, which we cut into whatever sizes we wanted during the class. She brought lots of dyes for us to use, ready to go in liter-sized, pop-top water bottles. Diane showed us lots of different ways to fold, wad, scrunch our fabrics & off we dyed! We did Shiburi style dyeing (otherwise known as tie-dye, but Shiburi sounds classier!), started with both dry fabric & fabric wetted with salt water. She also had a DVD for sale that her daughter made, showing her techniques, so I bought one - I can have a refresher course any time!!
    Anyway, here are my pieces.....
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    Beautiful fabric! Your colors are amazing!

    I have been wanting to dye some fabric for a king+ sized quilt. I hate to admit that it kinda intimidates me though.

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    Wow! These are beautiful. Cool colors and textures. Looks like so much fun.
    -Les

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    Those came out fabulous!! I bet you had a lot of fun. I have tea-dyed fabrics, but have never used fabric dyes. It was amazing how different "flavors" of teas dyed the fabric different colors.

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    Fantastic!! Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Wow, they turned out so cool! I've always wanted to dye fabric.

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    Wonderful. I used to microwave dye yarn. It works like a charm.

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    Awesome! I can't believe the great patterns.

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    Awesome fabrics!!! I can't wait to see more of your dyed fabrics and what you make out of them :D :D :D

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    Those look great! :)

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    Beautiful!! I love the green one with a little bit of orange.

    Kyia

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    Really cool! I dyed some antique chenille last fall with a package of orange koolaid. Unsweetened of course! :shock: :wink: came out great!

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    So cool, can't wait to see what you do with the fabric.

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    Beautiful dye jobs!!! There's also a way to dye fabric in the snow. I have it saved somewhere on the computer.LOL

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    What a blast!! Beautiful results!

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    Those are gorgeous!!!! My fav is the top photo--the RW&B up front. I see a catepillar with a clown face in the orange and the green has a wooly worm at the bottom of the fabric. You did a great job with some fantastic textures.

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    Wow I love it! Would love to take a dyeing class looks like you had a great time.

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    I see tiki faces in the long piece in red, white & blue!
    I really didn't do too well at following the "rule" of starting with the lightest color then going to the darker ones - I just got so excited looking at all the dyes, I just grabbed the first one that caught my eye. :lol: Ooooh! Turquoise! Aaahhhh!! Yellow! Cobalt!!! Grab, grab, grab! Red! Orange!
    I also was the last one to start dyeing, which worked out pretty good for me, because there weren't so many hands reaching for the colors. :wink: I did think that I was using SOOO much color that they were going to all end up being muddy & was surprised at all the white still left in some of the pieces.
    Now I just have to think of how to use them all :D

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    Absolutely gorgeous. I'm to afraid to dye my own fabric, it is saver to purchase..and I don't have a microwave.

    You did a great job...love to see how the colours explode on the fabric.

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    while searching for the DVD i found these free instructions for using Ritz dyes and a microwave method:

    http://www.americaquiltscreatively.c...es/AQc_312.pdf

    p.s. - i didn't find the DVD. do you know the title?

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    OMG :!: :!: :!: They are beautiful :!: :!: Where can I ge the dvd. I would love to make a quilt out of pieces that I have dyed. Just think, not another one like it in the world :!: :!:

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    Ohhhhhh...they are so beautiful!!

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    Those are great! Looks like that was a very fun class. Did you feel 16 again? :lol:

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    Oh these are so yummy. You did a great job on them.Thanks patrice for posting the link to show us how too. :wink:

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    Those are awesome. It looks like it would be fun to do.

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