Now that I'm all moved in down here in Houston, I'm ready to get cooking on some fabric dyeing and other surface design techniques.
|Fabric designed with baby rice cereal,
by Lisa Kerpoe.
Although the weather here is relatively warm and sunny, it's too cold for outdoor dyeing (for me, anyway). So I'm sticking to some simple kitchen resist dyeing techniques like this one from Lisa Kerpoe, who was a guest on Season 8 of "Quilting Arts TV."
Lisa's methods give her fabrics the look you might achieve with batik techniques, and they are so easy.
Here are the basic directions for mashed potato resist:
1. Prepare your fabric for dyeing by machine washing with 1⁄2 teaspoon of Synthrapol and 1⁄2 teaspoon of soda ash to remove any sizing. Spread the fabric out on a protected work surface. Pin it down so that it's fairly smooth; this makes it easier to spread on the resist.
2. Mix 1/3 cup mashed potato flakes with 1 cup hot water. Spread the mixture onto the fabric. You can use a squeegee or a spoon-it doesn't have to be perfectly even.
|Resist dyeing with instant
3. Using a skewer, draw patterns onto your fabric. Writing on fabric when covered with this paste is also fun, and you can use kitchen tools and other implements to make impressions.
4. Let dry completely. This can take about 24 hours, depending on the humidity.
5. Paint on your textile paint or thickened dye. (Be sure to wear a mask when mixing the dye and wear protective clothing while mixing and applying the dye.)
6. After the dye has cured, rinse the fabric in warm water and scrub off as much of the resist medium as possible before putting it into the washing machine.
I love these resist methods because they are inexpensive, readily available, and completely low-tech. Perfect for making fabric on the spur-of-the-moment, or for when you want to design on one day and dye the next. Plus, the resulting fabrics will be uniquely yours.
To learn more about how to dye fabric from Lisa, check out "QATV" Series 800. New Quilting Arts Magazine editor Vivika Hansen DeNegre is on that series, too!
P.S. Do you dye during the winter months? What's your favorite technique?
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