More dyed fabric

Leanne asked me how I dyed these fabrics. I used Procion MX dyes and most of the fabric I had soaked in soda ash and dried last week, to help the dyes be more concentrated and hopefully stronger colours. I usually just soak them on the day and add the dyes to the wet fabric but I was preparing the fabric for screenprinting so I decided to do extra. I pleated them in the cat litter trays and sort of scrunched up the ends so they fitted. Then I prepared the dye solutions and chucked them over the fabric… I moved it round a bit to mingle the colours… then I left it for 24 hours to cure.

Here are some more. I had some blue dye left over from doing some stamping and rolling dyes on fabric (I’ll take a photo of that one later) so I just chucked it in a jam jar, pushed in some fabric and chucked some more dye on top. Here is the result. It’s darker than the photo.

blue fabric

While I was doing the cat litter dyeing, I thought there was rather a lot of dye sloshing around the bottom so I chucked in some silk which I had bought in France a couple of years ago at this brilliant Asian (I think) fabric shop with really cheap fabrics. I was a bit sceptical that it was actually silk because it was so cheap, and a lot of those fabrics are described as silk but are actually polyester, but this one definitely was! I didn’t even add any soda ash so it obviously had enough dissolved in the dye solution from the fabric already in there.

four silk fabrics

I also had some scrim which I bought from the Art Van Go stall at Quilts UK last year, so I put that in another cat litter tray with a couple of other pieces. It has taken the dye really well.

orange-brown scrim

I did the screenprinting today. I’m going to leave the fabric 3 days or so to cure (unless I can’t wait that long!) to give the dyes plenty of time to do whatever they do as it is not terribly warm here. I’m hooked! I wish I had a proper huge studio with a sink and an outside and eternal sunshine! (one can dream!!). There I was this afternoon, washing red dye off the screen in the back garden with the garden hose…. goodness knows what the neighbours thought. (“Who’s she murdered now???”)

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4 Responses to More dyed fabric

  1. Debra January 14, 2006 at 1:07 am #

    “Who’d she kill now??” Who have you killed before?

    Your fabrics are gorgeous. Can’t wait to the screened stuff.

  2. Deb January 14, 2006 at 10:24 am #

    Oh, you’re hooked now!. I find that more often than not, I would rather dye more fabric than fiddle with the fabric I made yesterday! I think the main active ingredient in ProcionMX dye is Crack.

  3. MargaretR January 14, 2006 at 11:08 pm #

    How I wish I had water and a sink up in my loft too. not even a garden to wash the screens!
    Did you find soaking them in Soda ash before hand made a difference?

  4. Mary Manahan January 15, 2006 at 10:34 pm #