This class will teach the basics of dyeing cotton fabric with fiber-reactive dyes, also known as procion dyes.
Even though the class is full to new participants, anyone is welcome to follow along with us and ask questions. We'll be going step by step through the process of creating your own custom dyed fabric.
The way I'm going to structure these threads is so that they will be a permanent reference for anyone who wants to try this.
But above all,
We're going to have fun!
Materials you'll need:
Some jars at least pint sized...peanut butter, mayo or canning jars will be fine.
Salt...un-iodized. Josher or canning salt will work
Squeeze bottles, a small funnel, rubberbands or twine.
I like to use a rack across my sink so that excess dye doesn't puddle. Plastic bags, like walmart bags.
My cable is out and I'm running on my Verizon thingy that I keep for emergencies...so I'm just a touch faster than dial up. I won't be posting any images until the cable is repaired.
Everyone can wash their fabric...no fabric softener. Hang to dry. Your dryer has residual softener in it, even if you don't use a sheet this time. Once your fabric is dry, you can press it smooth...ok to use steam.
I'll have the kits ready to go shortly. If you can get non-iodized (kosher or canning) salt...that would be good. You'll need about a half teaspoon full for each container of dye. The soda ash we're using is a high concentrate...the PH Up stuff from the pool supply stores works in a pinch, but this is the strongest grade available. Gives you the deepest color set.
As soon as I get a faster connection, I'll start showing all how to mix and tie.
Yes, washing soda will work.
I've never used it, so can't attest to the strength of it, but the worst that will happen is that the dye will strike with less intensity. I have used the pool soda and it works, you just have to use more to get the same intensity of color.
Qwilter it depends on what your getting http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1196194/
its all here.
Ok, everyone, I have a total for this. I just got back from the P.O. and they weighed a package with 5 packs of dye, soda ash and gloves. First class to just about anywhere in the country is $2.56, so that saved a bundle off of Priority.
So here is the break down
5 packs of dye @.60 each is 3.00
1/2 cup soda ash 1.00
gloves, envelope & baggies 1.00
Total is $7.56
If you want more than 5 packs of dye, they will be .60 each. I don't think postage will be more than a few cents more as they are practically weightless...the baggies weigh more.
For neutrals besides the black and the brown I'm already sending, I have Camel, Mist Gray and Safari Gray. But...all you have to do is dilute anything and it lightens it. I'll start showing you all how that is done this weekend. I used primaries and black for ages before I bothered to spring for any of the 'fancy' colors.
I'm getting ready to create entries in my journal and post links so that everything will be together. Rather than put a post here and there, links to a complete tutorial should be better,don't you think?
Don't hesitate to ask questions...nothing is too trivial. If you're confused, chances are, someone else is too.
This link gives you some basics on color mixing. Use smaller jars or containers and remember that less is more. I wouldn't try to get fancy at first...try basic reds, greens and browns. Divide the mixed color into 2 containers and dilute one by half...you get a matching pastel. If you have an eye dropper or one of those things they use to clean a baby's nose out, they work great for adding dye a few drops at a time...they're also good for detail work when we tie dye.
I've got everything marked public...let me dig around and see what I'm doing wrong. (I'm not a whiz at journals and diaries...)
I really believe that everyone should be able to access a public entry...odd.
YEA!!! I found my dyes! LOL... I was cleaning in my sewing room and I was shocked by all the good stuff I found! LOL I'm telling on myself what a lousy housekeeper I am. I have a friend coming and I am going to offer her the privacy of the sewing room to set up the mattress. It's also MUCH cooler in there than the living room and well... many of us know about menopause and temperature sensitivity!
I checked with Barb to see if she'd made anything and she hadn't received hers, guess life just happens. I still want to try the ice technique. I've been saving the perm bottles so I have a good assortment to use to mix colors.
Mittsy, do you use facebook?? Sondra has been doing some fantastic ice dying!! and showing pictures!!! she is working on a tutorial for some dying. not sure if it is for ice dye, or just regular tie dye??
There are lot & lots of TUT on YouTube it takes me for ever but I have watches a few. Many on Ice dye it seems very easy. twist,fold or scrunch your wet fabric place on grate over some kind of pan.
Cover with ice & sprinkle powder dye over ice. (make sure you wear a mask )
let ice melt let sit about 8 hours or more . rinse... your done
I sent Melody a D-mail 2 days ago ...she said she has been busy but will post something here
anyone else thinking about mixing up there tiny packets of dyewe were sent
don't follow the directions that have been posted above . Its Way to much water for the small amount of dye we were sent don't use anymore then 1/2 of a cup of water. The directions should be 2 teaspoons per cup of water with the black you need 4 teaspoons per cup. the dyes look good wet but when washed out & dry they are very weak and dull looking
Qwilter .. Yes Im sure its what I posted its a t-shirt covered with ice & sprinkled with powdered dye this is said t-shirt 24 hours later after being washed out . front & back & hearts on the sleeves
well the bleach didn't do much to remove the dye but as psychw2 said it did tone down.( im guessing because the boxers arn't 100% cotton) I resoaked in Soda ash, folded & have redyed them will let them batch for at least 24 hours along with the oneies I dyed today
found a bunch of 100% cotten Ts on clearance at Wallyworld yeah me ...lol
testing some patterns on paper towel, think ill get some muslin out and do some 12" sq
Linda, for the heart you fold the item in half and draw 1/2 a heart on the folded edge (with a washable marker) & then do an accordian fold following the line & tie it off on the line then die what ever color