Monday, May 04, 2009

unusual dyeing

Caustic soda, strong tea, iron sulphate. Not exactly the materials you think of when you think of fabric dyeing. A couple of months I took a workshop with Lynda Monk (Purple Missus) and in one of the lessons this technique was explained. I did not want to use this stuff indoors so I had to wait for a day with glorious sunshine and nice temperatures. And of course have some spare time on that day as well . Well this weekend I could do this. I used 2 buckets, each one for the chemicals, put on my safety gloves and dipped the fabric into one solution, let it drip and repeated the process with the onther solution. On this picture you see the fabric while it is still wet:

The next day after ironing the fabric looked like this:

In total I dyed some 8 fq's using this technique. On some of them I will do some more experimenting with discharge paste, maybe bleach, maybe some stamping. There are lots of options I have in my mind.

1 comment:

McIrish Annie said...

I am doing ALQS3 also. now I have an incentive to finish mine, so I can ask for yours! it is great!