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Second dyeing experiment

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The Art of Cloth Dyeing taught by Jane Dunnewold

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Funky, Casual
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What materials did you use? Kona snow fabric, MX dyes from Dharma Trading

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What are you most proud of? That I am trying this - I think I will concentrate on scrunch. pleated & pole wrap as those patterns seem like they will work best for my quilts.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? #1 is lemon yellow (Dharma #1) rings overdyed with turquoise (#25) scrunch - love this color! #2 is fuschia (#13) flag fold overdyed with #26 sky blue scrunch - not sure what I'll do with this one #3 is a purple (#25 & #12) with a spiral wire resist - good wine color - #4 is a purple (#22 & #12) with swirly kid's straw resist - love the patterning on this one #5 is #4 deep yellow pleated overdyed with #10A Chinese red opposite pleat - love this one too #6 is #22 cobalt blue folded overdyed with #1 yellow pleated - think I can get a marine blue with these colors I think I will be using a Color Catcher when washing quilts made with these fabrics. I would hate to put all the work into a quilt only to have the dyes leak onto other fabrics in the quilt.

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Interesting stuff -- can't wait to see some of them show up in finished work!

08/13/2012 Flag

Thanks, Alyx! Finished work might be a way down the road!

08/14/2012 Flag

Very interesting - looking forward to seeing them in a quilt - should be a very bright cheerful quilt.

08/14/2012 Flag

It is interesting, Beth, not sure how I'm going to use most of these - all a learning process

08/14/2012 Flag

Wow! Love seeing these. My daughter did this in college (20 yrs ago) and she used them as wall hangings to help dress up drab walls in a brownstone basement she was renting. #4 and #5 are my favorites. Do let us know how you decide to use them.

08/14/2012 Flag

Thanks, Jean - while the different patterns were fun to do once, I think I will concentrate on the scrunch & pole wrap designs - I think they will work best in a quilt. I don't see myself getting into dyeing scarfs (don't wear them!) or t-shirts (reminds me too much of the 60s & 70s!)

08/16/2012 Flag

Though orange is far from my favorite color, 5 is my favorite. I was surprised with the # of rinses it took, as well. Am using MXs from Dharma also. I took the hose out to the gravel driveway with buckets to rinse instead of in the service sink in the laundry room. Much easier, plus I don't want a bunch of salt in my septic system. The salt will discourage weeds in the driveway, so 2 benefits. Waiting for my over dyed batch to finish. They are out in the sun in a big black tub until 2PM. Fingers crossed that I didn't make many uglies.

08/17/2012 Flag

I have another small batch going now also. I'm trying 1/8 t. of dye per cup of solution to see if that fixes my massive rinse out issue. Hopefully I was just using too much dye for a fat quarter of fabric. I'll know tomorrow morning.

08/17/2012 Flag

Well, I like 3,4 & 5 the best. But I really like watching what you come up with. They are all beautiful. Thanks so, for sharing.

08/20/2012 Flag

Thank you so much, Pamillia! Now that I have found that 1/8 t. per cup of solution works, there will be more dyeing happening soon.

08/20/2012 Flag