fabric dyeing!

2 Jun

the little art club that i belong to is focusing on different methods of fabric dyeing for the next little bit. saturday we met at the home of a local gal and she instructed us on several different styles of dyeing fabric. it was all using procion dyes and pfd (prepared for dyeing) fabric. she charges us each a fee and for that fee, she mixes up several colors of dye and the soda ash water, provides a great work space & all the containers to do the dyeing AND makes us lunch! we came with 20 one yard cuts of pfd fabric and zip lock bags for transport. it’s was a great day!

this is the 2nd time i’ve done this and i would and probably will do it again. i so enjoy the process but i really don’t want to invest the space or the money into setting up a dyeing studio so……..this works perfect for me!

here’s some shots of the day:

the dyes choose two colors.

mix & pour! pleat, clip and roll

the mad scientist laughs….madly!

pleat and roll buckets of color

please may i have some more?

wall paper tray  color parfait

we rinsed and bagged our fabrics and took them home to wash several times with synthrapol…..or if you’re really lucky, you dropped all 20 yards off at your friends house and she washed them while you went to the lake. i’m a lucky lucky dog!

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5 Responses to “fabric dyeing!”

  1. Jan June 2, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    Oh that looks like tons of fun!!! You are one lucky dog!! 😀

  2. carolkimble June 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm #

    Okay – how far away from Bozeman are you? I want to come. I want to try the different processes, but don’t want to “set up” a place to do it and I really want to do it with a group. Loved your pictures and am anxious to see the results.

  3. thegoldenneedle June 2, 2008 at 8:27 pm #

    Those fabrics look so yummy all laid out in there tubs. I just can’t talk myself into hand dyeing again. In the old house, I was set up for it, but not in the new one, maybe the garage!! Nope that’s for vehicles. Anyway, I look forward to seeing the pieces worked into a quilt.

    Karen L

  4. Deb Levy June 3, 2008 at 7:34 am #

    All that yummy color! Looks like you had a great time! Looking forward to seeing the results after the washout.

  5. myolivebranch June 4, 2008 at 7:10 am #

    carol, i think it’s a day trip….but i’d love to meet you in person so let’s plan it!! 🙂

    karen, that’s what i love about this. i don’t have to set anything up….it’s in her home. yea.

    it was a ton of fun!

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