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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Round Robin, Solo Style - Round 1, Applying fabric dyes


My first round was to dye a piece of muslin fabric.  I used a 26” x 37” piece of bleached 100% cotton muslin, pre-washed and soaked in a soda ash solution for 15 minutes before folding and dyeing.
I folded the fabric in an accordion fold, tied and then applied hot pink, lemon yellow and soft orange dyes in a stripe pattern:


Here it is, tied with cotton string, batching in a plastic tub after being dyed.

I allowed the fabric to batch for several hours, then rinsed and washed out with Synthrapol Textile Detergent.  Here it is after it dried:

The pattern isn’t all that exciting, but I was just aiming at getting some color and pattern on the fabric, knowing that several more layers were to come.
Next up will be Round 2 – soy wax batik.


4 comments:

  1. I have so many pieces similar to this...figure I'll wait to see what you do with it so I can decide what to do with mine!!

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  2. I have so many pieces similar to this...figure I'll wait to see what you do with it so I can decide what to do with mine!!

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