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Thread: My hand dyeing experience

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    Went ok. Colours that seem solid are mottled, but the camera didn't pick it up. I'm no photographer. :lol:
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    The colors turned out beautifully! Did you take a class or teach yourself? They are really great.

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    Absolutely G O R G E O U S!!! Was it hard to do? And what do you plan to make with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    The colors turned out beautifully! Did you take a class or teach yourself? They are really great.
    Thank you. Self taught. On Labour Day. :lol: Without a book, just a website I found with a lot of instructions. I need a book to learn all the important stuff, like WHY to do things, and HOW things work. I was pretty much winging it.

    I had to just jump in because the batik-type fabrics I like I can only get for between $16 and $21 a metre here, and I'd buy online, but can't tell the coloour for certain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odysseyquilter
    Absolutely G O R G E O U S!!! Was it hard to do? And what do you plan to make with it?
    Not hard at all. I'm planning on doing more (only used 3 colours of the 16 dye colours I bought), since I'm looking for blues/greens and turquoises/purples for my two daughters' mariner's compass quilts. I also want to try a New York Beauty or two.

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    Anyone who is interested, the dyes were not very expensive, and the supplies to do it (ie. buckets, polished rocks, disposible beer cups, etc.) cost a total of $15 at the dollar store.

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    I love this! Can you give us the link to the website?

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    I agree --- I'm a long ways from quilt shops that carry a variety of colors in the "dyed" look......these are beautiful! I'd like the link, too.

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    I think they turned out great. If you want more uniform coverage, less mottled, you may need to adjust the soda ash you use. Also, if you are doing a low-immersion method, turn your jar or container. If you want more texture, you can play with other effects, like sprinkling with coarse salt to draw the colors into small points of light. Also, using an old toothbrush, you can spatter on some nice metallics or another color can produce some great effects. Part of the fun is never quite knowing what your end result will be.

    Where did you get your dye? Dharma Trading has a great selection.

    Also - a reminder - some of the chemicals used in dyes are not meant to be injested. Once you use an item for dye, NO FOOD in that container. I use a salad spinner to get excess dye out and would never dream of using it for food.

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    rb, I keep looking at your pictures and studying the fabrics. I've GOT to learn how to do that. Wow, they sure are beautiful for a self-taught beginning. I'm impressed. I, too, would love the link if you don't mind sharing it with us.

    A Mariner's Compass would look amazing with your vibrant colors!

    BTW, welcome to the board. Lots of great people here.

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    My apologies. I thought you were fairly new. You're just the silent type :lol:

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    Wow.. you did an amazing job!! keep up the good work.. I've wanted to try this and now I think I have to.. wonderful graduated colors. yep.. if you can, please post a link to the site.

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    they look great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    My apologies. I thought you were fairly new. You're just the silent type :lol:
    :lol: Yup. :D

    Ok, everyone. First, Moonpi is right about the mottling. I was going for the mottled look, and I used a low water immersion dyeing technique, basically putting the fat quarter in a bowl, pouring the cup of dye liquid on it, squeezing it out, crumpling up the fat quarter, putting it in a beer cup, and pouring the dye from the bowl into the cup. Weighted with a couple polished stones. I will give the website link, but if you want solid colour, you can also wet the fabric with the dye, and put it in a ziploc type bag.

    Ok, so, I learned, somewhat, how to do this from this website. Lots of instructions and recipes. Watch the recipes, though. Unless I missed something in reading, the concentrate recipes require more water to mix with the powder than she calls for. Perhaps she scaled it down and lost something in the process, or I just can't read. Anyway, this site will take up your whole day.

    http://fabricdyeing101.blogspot.com/...roduction.html

    I purchased my dyes, because I'm in Canada, at G&S in Toronto (no duty at the border, no currency exchange neccessary). They also have silk dyes, fabrics, etc. They were very fast, and online purchases can be made, by phone, etc.

    http://www.gsdye.com/index.html

    Another place to purchase could be another site I came across in Saskatchewan:

    http://www.harmonyhanddyes.com/index.html

    For Americans, as was mentioned above, Dharma Trading Co. has TONS of stuff. I purchased my fabric, a 25 yard bolt, from them. Even though it had to come to Canada, I had it in days. With exchange and shipping, my fabric cost about $4.40 a yard.

    http://www.dharmatrading.com/

    If I missed any questions, I will come back (grocery shopping time...blech) and try to catch them. But it was very easy, and yes, you can't use your food stuff for it, and use it again for food. Dedicated bowls, measuring spoons, etc. Oh, and don't buy your measuring spoons at the dollar store. They are FAAAR from accurate. Get a new set for your kitchen, and use your old ones that you know are accurate. For a bowl I used a Gladware/Ziploc kind of disposable container that's about 4x4, and about 4 inches deep. Worked great. Plastic ice cream buckets, kitty litter plastic containers with lids, etc.



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    Your dye job(s) is/are absolutely beautiful. I can definitely see a gorgeous mariners compass out of these. Can't believe its the first time dying fabric what a great job. :)
    Please post the link we're on the edge of our seats.

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    Oh, and gradations are really easy to do. Make your dye concentrate, then use 8 tsp for one, 6 tsp for one, 4 for the next, 2 for the next, etc. Cool how easy it is, eh? :lol:

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    Can't seem to edit the thread title....


    Links last post on page 1

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    Oh, wow. What wonderful information, rb. Thank you very much!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    Oh, wow. What wonderful information, rb. Thank you very much!!!!!
    A hem. I expect pictures. Lots of them. That's why I'm so silent, I spend all my time at this part of the forum looking at everyone's pictures, and getting inspired. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by rb.
    Can't seem to edit the thread title....


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    Thanks :)

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    rb, I LOVE your fabrics! You have a great eye for color and I can just imagine how glorious those colors will look in your Mariner's Compass or New York Beauty quilts!

    Kudos to you and now I wanna just dye!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Odessa

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    Very cool! They look great!
    Something I've always wanted to try.

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    The fabrics are great looking. Would enjoy hearing more about this experience. For example products used for dyes and how fabrics were prepared for dying.

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    You did a great job love all of them. :)

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    They are beautiful!!!

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