Fabric Painting & Dyeing

Painting on fabric and fabric dyeing are two ways to create your own fabric colors and designs. Learn how to paint on fabric including fabric stamping, marbling fabric, painting with dyes and fabric paint. Dyeing fabric techniques include shibori dyeing, batik dyeing with soy wax, low water immersion dyeing, and resist dyeing techniques.

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Itajime Shibori Dyeing: How it Works

Itajime shibori dyeing is making a comeback, and for good reason. The ancient Japanese technique of sandwiching a piece of folded fabric between two hard objects (such as the traditional option of wood or the current choice of Plexiglas) and then soaking it in a dye bath, results in strongly patterned fabric with high graphic…

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Create the Look of Old World Tiles with Fabric Painting

A couple of years ago we remodeled our kitchen, including a herringbone patterned tile backsplash that inspired me to make patchwork pillows in the same design. I thought of that recently when editing the October/November 2015 issue of Quilting Arts. In it, Desiree Habicht describes a fabric painting technique using acrylic ink, painted fusible, and…

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Create the Look of Old World Tiles with Fabric Painting

A couple of years ago we remodeled our kitchen, including a herringbone patterned tile backsplash.  That backsplash inspired me to make patchwork pillows in the same design. I thought of that recently when editing the October/November 2015 issue of Quilting Arts. In it, Desiree Habicht describes a fabric painting technique using acrylic ink, painted fusible,…

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Silk Rods

Here’s an example of what a silk rod looks like, also shown are silk cocoons. What are silk rods? Silk rods (known as silk carrier rods) are a byproduct of the process of winding silk from cocoons during the first stage of silk yarn production. The rods are about 4″ to 5″ long and resemble…

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Thread Painting

This beautiful work by Anne Eckley was featured in the “Thread Painting” article from Quilting Arts Magazine Winter 2003. Simply put thread painting is using a sewing machine like a paintbrush; free-motion stitching images and designs. It’s such a simple process — all it requires is a sewing machine, fabric or canvas, thread, and patience.…

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Itajime Shibori Dyeing Made Easy

Itajime is a form of shibori dyeing that uses clamped shapes to create the resist. Traditionally, the cloth was compressed between two pieces of wood held in place with string before starting the fabric dyeing process. These days, shapes are generally made from acrylic or Plexiglas and are gripped with C-clamps. The shapes prevent the…

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Tips for Smudge-Free Printing on Fabric

Thermofax screens have a mystery about them, probably because you can’t just buy them in any store. You have to have a Thermofax machine (an old photocopy technology) or know someone who does. Fortunately, there are many artists who will make these screens for you at a reasonable cost. And once you have your screens,…

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Episode 1608-2: Desiree Habicht–Instructions for The Versatility of Acrylic Paint on Fabric

Photo courtesy of Desiree Habicht Artist Desiree Habicht shows how versatile acrylic paint can be when used on fiber. She shows multiple examples and techniques that are sure to enhance your fabric painting skills. Instructions available for purchase in our online store. Click here. Other topics you may enjoy:Episode 1608-1: Cecile Whatman–Instructions for Painted Fabrics,…

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Combine Free-Motion Quilting and Art Supplies for Zentangle on Fabric

I love it when two popular art techniques come together. In this case: free-motion quilting motifs and Zentangle®. Zentangle free-motion quilting motifs with machine stitching and shading with paint and pencil, by Nysha Oren Nelson. If you’re not familiar with Zentangle, it’s a form of line drawing with repeated designs, also known as Zen doodling.…

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How Acrylic Inks Work Best for Writing on Fabric

Artist Susan Brubaker Knapp is known for her beautifully detailed quilts accomplished by painting on fabric and thread sketching. Susan Brubaker Knapp uses acrylic inks for writing on fabric, because they can achieve a finer line than textile paints. But when she wanted to add quotes to her quilts, she found fabric paints too heavy…