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    Paula Burch's Community of Dyers has a wealth of information on all types of dyeing, including discharge dyeing.
    http://www.pburch.net/drupal/?q=forum/23 There is info on which black dyes discharge to which colors, but I'm not sure about commercial black fabrics. Don't rule out non-blacks in your testing. They often have great results, too.

    Be aware that manufacturers change their dyes without notice, so a black that may discharge red today could be orange or cream on a sample from a different dye lot down the road...or it may not discharge at all, some dyes don't. Note the Kona 1080 Coal in the photos below (top row second swatch). Very little discharging after over 5 minutes.

    Color results will also vary slightly depending on the type of bleaching compound used. In the photos, compare the Soft Scrub vs bleach results, particularly with the yellow swatch (part of that is the density of the application in the bleach sample, but it truly is lighter IRL). Bleach results are sharper, clearer and have no halo. In fact, it is the halo color in the top samples that is the total color in the bottom samples. Not better or worse, just a difference to be aware of.

    This is a test bunch of Kona solids discharged with Soft Scrub w/bleach (all are Kona)


    and these are the same color fabrics discharged with full strength bleach.
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    Thanks for posting the discharge samples; that's a big help!
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    I see what you mean Ghostrider about the difference between SoftScrub and bleach. Thanks.

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    HELP!!! I need some help please. I'm working on my July challenge (refreshing and cool) and would like to use "angelina fiber" to put some sparkle into my running water. The problem is simple, I don't know how - I tried and it came out to firm, I'm going to try and mix it with loose threads .... any suggestions would certainly help - Thanks much. You can PM me or place on thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sistahdebbra View Post
    HELP!!! I need some help please. I'm working on my July challenge (refreshing and cool) and would like to use "angelina fiber" to put some sparkle into my running water. The problem is simple, I don't know how - I tried and it came out to firm, I'm going to try and mix it with loose threads .... any suggestions would certainly help - Thanks much. You can PM me or place on thread.
    Bet you'll get lots of advice on this one.

    Last time I used Angelina I discovered that i love my iron a great deal and a very very little angelina goes a long way. It did not seem to stiffen much if done that way but I don't know your final use and what you are attempting. ( I often like a little body in my wall hangings tho.) Also discovered that using and brushing on tiny bits of glitter paint can be awesome. And maybe some regular iridescent party confetti ironed down is cool (altho that one does stiffen things up)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sistahdebbra View Post
    HELP!!! I need some help please. I'm working on my July challenge (refreshing and cool) and would like to use "angelina fiber" to put some sparkle into my running water. The problem is simple, I don't know how - I tried and it came out to firm, I'm going to try and mix it with loose threads .... any suggestions would certainly help - Thanks much. You can PM me or place on thread.
    you might need to cut your fibers into small pieces, and then they are easier to spread out and make thinner! ALWAYS be sure to work on a non-stick surface and cover your fibers with a teflon pressing sheet to protect your iron and ironing surface! A little does go a very long way!

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    Hi everyone, What a relief to able to log on to the QB. I haven't been able to since Thursday or Friday! First, thank you for you kind comments about my zendoodle wallhanging. I had no idea you could learn something like doodling, I have always said I don't have an original thought in my body, but I can usually figure out a way to copy something, but doodling like that just seemed beyond me. I am having so much fun in the evening with scrap paper and a pencil just doodling. Can't say I have really learned how, but feeling a little more confident.

    As for the wallhanging, I have such a hard time with the term "art quilt". If this is an art quilt I have been making them almost since I started quilting in 2007. I just read one of the QB articles regarding embellishing and since I have been thinking the yellow gingham just did not fit (why did I do that!) I think I will find something to hide those three pieces. I will post in a day or so to let you know what I have decided on.

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    Hi Dotty, just rereading the posts and wanted to tell you I absolutely love your wallhanging! Did you plan the position of that moon or was it one of those really happy accidents!? Would you mind if I borrow your idea for a "birthstone" quilt? Thanks, you can PM me or I will watch this thread. Polly

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    Wendy, your tree is way cool. I really like the beading. I don't think you need to change a thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Paula Burch's Community of Dyers has a wealth of information on all types of dyeing, including discharge dyeing.
    http://www.pburch.net/drupal/?q=forum/23 There is info on which black dyes discharge to which colors, but I'm not sure about commercial black fabrics. Don't rule out non-blacks in your testing. They often have great results, too.

    Be aware that manufacturers change their dyes without notice, so a black that may discharge red today could be orange or cream on a sample from a different dye lot down the road...or it may not discharge at all, some dyes don't. Note the Kona 1080 Coal in the photos below (top row second swatch). Very little discharging after over 5 minutes.

    Color results will also vary slightly depending on the type of bleaching compound used. In the photos, compare the Soft Scrub vs bleach results, particularly with the yellow swatch (part of that is the density of the application in the bleach sample, but it truly is lighter IRL). Bleach results are sharper, clearer and have no halo. In fact, it is the halo color in the top samples that is the total color in the bottom samples. Not better or worse, just a difference to be aware of.

    This is a test bunch of Kona solids discharged with Soft Scrub w/bleach (all are Kona)


    and these are the same color fabrics discharged with full strength bleach.

    interesting about the HALO...I have been using soft scrub for years, and pulled out some of pieces, and there is NO haloing on any of them....wonder if it is just a KONA thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    interesting about the HALO...I have been using soft scrub for years, and pulled out some of pieces, and there is NO haloing on any of them....wonder if it is just a KONA thing!
    Nope, Moda Bella has the same result. (samples were all done in early 2010)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    Nope, Moda Bella has the same result.
    then maybe it is a solids thing..I mainly discharge on batiks! will have to see if I have any solids to try this on.

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    And I'll try it on batiks, plus some Moda Marbles. Should be interesting!
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    @Suziehammond, my design is kids playing in the water from a fire hydrant. It's a childhood memory of mine. I will try and use a little bit as you and Jaciqltznok suggested. Also adding some other medium to it. Thanks much
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    Sistahdebbra, I have been trying to learn how to use Angelina Fiber also and am wondering if you may be pressing the fibers to long. I am finding that if I hit a thin layer of fibers very quickly - like a fast count of 1 2 3 - between the teflon pressing sheet it has much more shine. Also I am working with a small piece of fiber, a little smaller than my iron so I don't heat it too long. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks and good luck. Looking forward to seeing your project, sounds so cute.

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    Hi all. I just wanted to share some little projects I've done with the Shiva Paintstiks I've been experimenting with lately. Here's a like to some eyeglass cases I made this week. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...o-t195177.html I just dropped these three off at a local gallery where I sell some of my work.
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    Nice!

    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg View Post
    Hi all. I just wanted to share some little projects I've done with the Shiva Paintstiks I've been experimenting with lately. Here's a like to some eyeglass cases I made this week. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...o-t195177.html I just dropped these three off at a local gallery where I sell some of my work.
    Hope they sell in short order!
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    Good sales, Wendy! They're beautiful!

    For those interested in batiking, large electric flat griddles, electric fry pans, and bullet blenders are on sale at Macy's for $19.99 each. Crayons crayons are 24 ct boxes for 50cents a box at Walmart. You will find me playing outside on the patio tomorrow!
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    Smile checkbook at the ready

    Quote Originally Posted by nancia View Post
    For those interested in batiking, large electric flat griddles, electric fry pans, and bullet blenders are on sale at Macy's for $19.99 each. Crayons crayons are 24 ct boxes for 50cents a box at Walmart. You will find me playing outside on the patio tomorrow!
    I can't wait to see some of the results. It is 0 degrees here at the moment so I will be inside but I finally have a day to just go play in my studio so I am off to do something....maybe something weird.......feeling rather like that.

    Anybody else have any 'Cool and refreshing' challenge results? We'd all love to see them!
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    August

    August Challenge is about to come out in a couple of days!

    Before that though are there WIP anyone would like to share? I know there are some going on.........I also know how the delights of summer can get in the way.

    I'll bet your camera is close at hand. Show us what you are up to and give us a note about what you tried that was new, what you aren't so happy with, what came out much better than you had thot, etc. We'd love some art sharing here.
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    cool and refreshing July challenge

    Trying out different stitches on my 'foreign' new Janome 8077, bought here in south america. Also wanted to experiment with a 'fast' stained glass technique.
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    Hi, I am so busy my eyes are crossing! Lol. Truly tho', I'm trying to get a thousand things done at once! I used the blue water color crayon that Dottie sent me On a 3d dq top. I now have a better idea how they work and how I can get the results I want. Unfortunately, I'm not at all pleased with the dq, just an idea that didn't pan out. More craft than art, and just not enough of anything to be interesting. I'm using an iPad now and don't have a clue how to load pictures, hmmm I think I can Take a pic with the iPad. Anyone have one? I could use the advice!
    Oh, Suzie, I had no idea chile got that chilly. I thought of it as more tropical, except maybe the mountains. Guess I'd better google it and become better informed! We have had some really blazing days where 0 sounds pretty darn good! I love to bundle up and get snuggy. Guess that'ts why I love quilts! Friend of mine is quilting two tops for me and I can't wait to see them. I am finally ready to quilt my g'baby's quilt, but have no place to sandwich it. I'm going nuts!
    will check in later! Oh, btw, suzie, I love your still life! Is it part of a series?
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    Life in July

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    Hi, I am so busy my eyes are crossing! Oh, btw, suzie, I love your still life! Is it part of a series?
    Know what you mean about the 'busy' part. But you are out there experimenting and have a pile of projects IP & that is a usually a good thing.

    iPad and photos. iPad has no camera itself but there a few ways to jury-rig it if you really want to. It is fiddly and not worth the effort for me so far. So I know only what a few webpages have told me. Altho you can use the iPad as a pass through gadget for transport and storage. iPhone is much easier for that stuff for me. I use my iPad mostly for reading, I can check out library books in the US and load them down here in SA. Voila constant reading material.

    Hope you show us those quilt tops and other bits as they get done. You've go me dying to try some crayoning again now.

    That wine bottle block was for a charity quilt here. We have a small group of quilters and do a yearly auction quilt. Last year the proceeds bought an older dental chair and the services of a dentist to go out to a small town once a month for people to get care.

    And now in my best teacher's voice i will tell you that; Chile contains the driest desert on earth, the Atacama in the north, with the ancient Nazca lines, huge redwood forests down south with trees only slightly smaller than those in Ca., huge mountains including 22,600+ft peaks, a few continuously spouting volcanos and 2850 miles of Pacific coastline with all weathers ending in the strait of Magellan where it gets VERY cold.

    But the beauty here leaves so much scope for art to be made....I don't have enough time to finish one thing before I have 20 more ideas I want to do. It was a great place to 'retire' to

    I better get to work...............
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    trouble is everywhere is fertile ground for art! lol, it's rare for me not to have an idea. how to bring an idea to fruition is my favorite part! i love designing and exploring limits, and breaking through them. or just nodding off thinking about possibilities.....
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    I just finished reading this thread, very interesting. I have never done anything like this and the photos posted are wonderful. It must be so refreshing to just sit in front of some fabric and go with what ever comes to mind. I will continue to follow and hope for more pics to be posted.

    Is there an August theme yet, can't wait to see what it will be.

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