Low-water immersion dyeing
|Some lovely folded low-immersion dyed fabric|
|Setting up my dyeing session in the laundry room|
After removing the clothes hanging above the washer, I covered the washer and dryer with plastic and then fabric. Have you noticed that when you'r prepared for a mess, that it doesn't happen?
This time I used 6 different Procion MX dyes - grass green, turquoise, yellow, raspberry and fuchsia. I didn't mix the dyes together.
I used the book Fast, fun & easy fabric dyeing by Lynn Koolish. I usually buy the e-book versions since they are much less expensive, especially if I have to get them shipped to Canada, but I am really happy that I have the hard copy. It was so much easier to consult the book while dyeing the fabric.
The book is really excellent. The instructions are easy to follow. I especially liked the images that illustrate the different results you can obtain using the different techniques.
I went straight to the Textured dyeing chapter. I used one and two-colour dyeing, placing the scrunched fabrics and the rolled fabrics in the small containers technique.
I used some regular white Kona fabric but also wanted to find out how non-white fabrics would turn out. I dyed a variety of fabrics such as a striped cotton hand-woven towel, a piece of natural linen (from a skirt), a piece from my husband's old cotton khaki pants, some yellow cotton napkins as well as an old hand-woven placemat.
Here are pictures of some of the finished fabrics. Since I didn't take pictures during the process and very few notes, the descriptions are mostly assumptions based on the finished dyed fabric 😊
|Low water-immersion dyeing of white napkins|
|Low water-immersion dyeing using only one colour each|
|Folded fabric from the centre |
in fuchsia dye with a little yellow
|Folder fabric from the centre in diluted fuchsia dye|
The next fabrics were experiments. This first fabric is a cotton-woven placemat. The left side is a piece of the original placemat while the right one was over-dyed in raspberry. The white warp threads really stand out after the dyeing.
|Over-dyeing hand-woven cotton placemats|
These were yellow cotton napkins. I had started to embroider a rose on the left on. It was dyed in green while the other one got both green and yellow.
|Yellow napkins dyed with green|
These two pieces are cotton knit fabric. The top one was dry when I scrunched it into the mason jar while the bottom one was wet and dyed using the green and turquoise.
|Cotton knit fabric|
Snow and Ice Dyeing
When my girlfriend came to visit in early March, we did a little bit of snow dyeing in the garage. She had to leave before seeing the results. So here they are!
|Subtle colours from snow dying using dye powders|
I had read on the internet that I could put the dye powder in salt and pepper shakers and just shake the dye over the snow.
It turns out that this technique is better used for ice dyeing. When the powdered dye is placed directly on the snow, it becomes diluted and results in pale colours.
|Lightly dyed fabric|
A few weeks later, I did some ice dyeing using the same technique of placing the dye directly on the ice. I did add a little bit of snow over the ice since I wasn't sure that I had made enough ice. This was done in the laundry room.
|Ice topped with snow for dyeing|
|All set up for ice dyeing|
|Ice and snow melted - wet dyed fabric|
This time the results were much brighter. I love the patterns that the ice makes on the fabric. You'll notice that the results are mostly fuchsia - that's because I was almost out of all of my other colours.
|Beautiful design from ice dyeing|
|Ice dyeing with little bits of colour|
- As I was preparing to write this post, I re-read my original post from 2 years ago about dyeing fabric. I wish that I had read it before doing the dyeing. I didn't even think about it because I was using a different dyeing technique.
- This time I did research on what to do with the fabric after dyeing it. It seems to be very important to soak the fabric in cold water to stop the dyeing process. After that comes the hot water rinsing or washing. Of course everyone has a different recipe for dyeing but I followed Lynn Koolish's advice. I washed the fabric in hot water three times and my dye catcher become less pink each time. It was still light pink after the third wash, but since I'm using the fabrics in art quilts, I stopped at that point.
- I dyed the khaki fabric with green and yellow dye. I suppose I might be able to use it in a desert landscape but it wasn't impressive. As for the dishcloth, I dyed it near the end and just streaked it with colour, and that's what it looks like. I will keep these to over dye at some point.
- I really loved the results of the ice dyeing and will definitely repeat this technique.
- The fabric that was snow dyed is very light. I will probably over dye some of it eventually.
- I'm looking forward to playing with this fabric and including them in my art work. Even the rather garish fabrics from my first dyeing experiment have been very useful since I just cut out the part that I want to use for a specific project.
- Fast, fun & easy fabric dyeing by Lynn Koolish
- Learning QAL August Sum Up - the dyeing process, August 24, 2017
- Results of Learning to Dye Fabric, August 28, 2017
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