A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
You'll need fabric (of course), procion MX dye powders & the stuff that goes along with dyeing:
-dishpan(s) or other plastic containers
-plastic applicator bottles (old dish soap bottles or the kind you can get at a beauty supply company for hair dyeing)
For pole wrapping, you can get a piece of PVC pipe, in a fairly good size diameter, but at least 2 inches. Just poke around Home Depot or your local hardware store and see if they'll sell you a piece that's around 3 feet long. I found an 8" diameter piece at a local hardware store for 50 cents--it was a leftover. You can also try to find a thick piece of nylon rope, again at a hardware store or somewhere, as I've seen some pretty cool pieces done wrapped around rope and want to try it. Just make sure that you tape off the ends of the rope with duct tape so it doesn't unravel. Some stores will cauterize the ends with a heat gun, if you're lucky.
You'll also need some string--I've used really thin cotton crochet thread, nylon string, jute, and twine. They all work fine, and you probably already have at least some kind of string already. Also, if you've dyed a piece of fabric and aren't thrilled with it, put it aside to use for these techniques.
This will be an easy set of projects, but the results will be fantastic. I'm really in a "keep it simple" mood lately!