Friday, July 18, 2008

Dyeing To Have Fun.


I was wanting to do some more hand dyed fabric and this was such a fun day.


This particular piece looks like a face , at least I thought so!







This assortment was in greens. I do a lot of applique and these pieces are perfect for leaves and stems. The color doesn't really show up here very well but it is a pretty mossy green.









The fabric is put in plastic bags with the dye and then laid in the sun to begin the curing process.





Here we are playing!!!!











The dyes which are in powder form are mixed in an area by themselves since each speck of dye is VERY powerful. Gloves and masks are essential when mixing up the colors.







Here are the basic colors. and then differenty colors are mixed to-gether to get other colors...









Here we are getting started.....

I'm the one wearing the mask and the yellow gloves!! heh heh...

A good time was had by all.









6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maggie, you know you can't just post interesting pix like these and not tell us what's going on!What gorgeous dyed fabrics!What's going on in the ziplock bags?! Tell us more, please!

Phyl said...

oh,heck,I'm not "anonymous",I'm PHYL bugging you again!Tell us about the dyeing pix!

Lonely Paul said...

Hello

Maggie R said...

Hi Pyhl..
The procedure is to mix the colors of the dye in a zip lock bag, then you take the fabric which you have soaked in the soda solution and stuff it in the bags. Mush it around a bit depending on how much color you want and how mottled you want it. and then you leave it in the bags for at least 24 to 48 hours. These were paid out in the sun to help start the setting process. Actually I had other commitments I had to look after so mine stayed in the bsags for 6 days before i could get around to rinsing them. No problem there, they all came out just fine....
Hope this clears it up for you..
Thanks for stopping by.....
((((hugs))))
Maggie

Beadin' Gram/aka Jackie said...

What a great day you all must have had -- and the results are fantastic.

joansy said...

Thanks for the intro to dyeing. I'm not sure what the soda solution is?

Just found your blog and love it.

joansy