Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fabric Dyeing Sunday

Sundays seem to be my dyeing days, don't they? I decided to show you how it's done after all the amazed comments received the last time I dyed. This is sooo easy, anyone can do it!

First up, gather your supplies. You will need:
*Boiling water
*Rubber gloves
*Spoon
*Dye packets
*Fabric-duh!
*Laundry powder
*Salt~Any salt will do...I used Margarita salt only because I didn't like this salt on my beer glass. Rather than waste it I'm using it for something I'm not going to taste.
*Not shown here, you will also need towels (ones you don't mind accidentally turning a different color) and an iron to dry the fabric.



Dump some dye powder, salt and laundry soap into the sink. Use a plastic tub if you think the dye might stain your sink! My sink is stainless steel so a little scrub takes the dye out. Note how carefully I measure the ingredients out...not!



Add boiling water and stir with your spoon. No splashing or stuff gets stained!


After you are sure the dye has completely dissolved, you can add your fabric. If you want the fabric mottled and streaked wad it up and soak. If you want even color lay it flat and move it around. Gloves, please, or you'll have Easter Egg Fingers On Steroids.


I want mottled fabric so I wadded.


When you think you might have the color you want remove the fabric and rinse it well. I even wash with laundry soap. The color right now is much darker than it will be when it is dry. If the color isn't as dark as you'd like you can put it back into the dye again.


Here it is the fabric after being ironed until it is nearly dry.




And here are all the fabrics I dyed today. I used blue and purple dyes as I was planning on fabrics for Just Nan's When Barnabee Met Bella Biscornu.

Wasn't that easy? It is fun and every piece you come up with is beautiful and unique.

I'll have a stitchy update soon. My four day weekend is half over but I've gotten a nice stitchy fix. I've completed the backstitch on the Wisteria biscornu and gotten a nice start on May's Crabby block. I don't feel quite as stitch deprived today!
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Edited to add answers to some questions, Tammy wanted to know how colorfast the fabric is. I usually wash my fabric again in hot water before I stitch, to make sure. Then I wash in cold water after stitching. I haven't had any problems with bleeding but with very fabric dark colors, I'd be really careful. Jo wanted to know my favorite brand of dye. We have RIT and Dylon here, haven't tried any others. I use both, no preference, they are just the same to me.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

47 comments:

Glenna said...

Hilarious tutorial ("fabric--duh") and gorgeous colors. I have just bought a bunch of ivory fabric and it makes me think maybe...although I'm likely to have the walls and ceiling done by the time I'm finished.

Tammy said...

That's an awesome post & so detailed about how to dye fabric. Thanks Sharon, I may actually try it. Tell me, when you stitch on it then wash your finished piece does the dye bleed or is it permanently set?

valerie said...

Lovely fabric! Thanks for the lesson!

tkdquintmom said...

You....are....AWESOME! Now I'm gonna have to get brave and try this sometime....soon. But most improtantly, I'm gonna have to get fabric to do it with (duh! lololololol)

Theresa said...

Oooh~~~~ I love the colors of those fabrics!!!!!! Thank you so much for the fun tutorial~~~

Donna said...

Those are so pretty! I just love them. But with my small kitchen, I will probably never try them.

Jeanie said...

The colors are so lovely ! The tutorial makes dyeing your own fabric so simple ! Thank you :)

Becky K in OK said...

Great tutorial. I think I can even do this! Beautiful colors.

Suzie said...

Great tutorial, Sharon! Your photos and detailed instructions make it all seem very do-able!

I'm happy that your weekend has been going so well for you, and that you are feeling fulfilled in your stitching quests!

You get extra brownie points for taking the time to show all of us each step of your dye session! Now I hope to get the good results that you do!

ilovejack34 said...

Thanks so much, i will try this :) and thanks for the fun way of saying it lol.

Julie's Keepsakes said...

This is FANTASTIC!!! Thank you so much for the demostration. I hope you don't mind that I'm going to save this on my sidebar and label it Daffy's Dye. :o)

mbroider said...

Thanks for this. This looks to be easy, till i try i guess:)

Carolyn NC said...

Beautifully dyed fabrics!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Thank you for a great dyeing class, it's really fun and your fabric looks fantastic!

Karen said...

lovely colours

Micki said...

It looked like such fun! Great pics !
Micki

Jo said...

Great fun - maybe I'll have a go... do you have a favourite brand of dye? (I don't know why I'm asking, as they will different over here anyway, but it's good to know!!). Love your colours.

Christine said...

Beautiful colours, and you make it look so easy! I have a horrible feeling that if I tried it everything in a 5 yard radius would have an attractive purple polks dot effect

Lindsay said...

Love your colours. Even I could dye some fabric this way so I may just have to give it a go at some point

Annie said...

What a great demo. The fabrics look so pretty. I'm way too messy with liquids and live in a pretty small space, so I don't think I would try this, but your photo-tute is excellent.

Julie said...

Great tutorial, lovely colours this time.
Looking forward to seeing Crabby this month.

Pumpkin said...

Awesome Sharon! I didn't realize it was that easy :o) You've got some nice colored fabric there. Great job!

Crystal said...

Those look great. I've also dribbled a little thinned bleach to get an even more mottled affect. If the bleach is thin and you soak the fabric in the dye long enough, you shouldn't get any white, just some much lighter color.

Laura said...

Great explanation and pictures. I often look at dye colors in the store and wonder how to use it. Now I know. Thanks Sharon!

Clare - Aimetu said...

Great photos - I didn't realise how easy it was - I might even have a go one day.

I love the colours you used too :)

laura said...

thank you so much for the tutorial. Your fabric is stunning!!!

CindyMae said...

The fabrics turned out gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us the photos and instructions on how to dye!

Jan said...

Daffy, awesome pictorials and explanations on dying! Glad you had fun! lovely purples!

Angela P said...

Awesome tutorial! Thanks, now I really have to give this a try again but your way :)

Cindy F. said...

Very nice! Thanks for sharing:) Very pretty colors too!

Irishenchantment said...

cool thanks for doing this :) i might even attempt something other than tea dying some day now :)

Karan said...

Great tutorial & much simpler to do than I thought. TFS. :0)

Lisa said...

I might have to try that (and I won't even mention that now I'm two months behind on Crabby....) :)

Ranae said...

Beautiful fabric!

Mel said...

Wow!
What a great tutorial, thank you so much for sharing it.
And the colours are just fantastic that you get to come out!
Amazing.

Cole said...

What pretty colors, thanks for sharing your know how! I haven't tried dying anything (yet!), but I want to try the coffee technique I've seen around too. Great work :)

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I love the colours you have dyed all your fabric. I think they will look great on "When Barnabee Met Bella".

Sharon said...

What beautiful vibrant colors! Great job and thanks for the tutorial!

Doris said...

love the tutorial, look easy thank to your pictures.

Melanie said...

Thank you for sharing your know-how! Trying the dyeing process would be fun thing. Love your fabrics!!

stacybinnj said...

Oh wow... I don't know... I think I'd still be a chicken... your fabric came out beautifully!
Stacy

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow you did a gorgeous job!!!

Einschies stitching blog said...

Ohhh myyyy...Sharon, these are beautiful...are these pieces in the middle pink or purple??? Well, I have the Biscornu in my stash too...I still haven´t decided what fabric to use...

Have fun stitching;-)

Hugs,
Gaby

PS Stitcher said...

That is a GREAT tutorial!! I think I am going to have to try this. And I absolutely LOVE the colors!!

Thanks so much for sharing!!

Happy Stitching!
Jen

Cyn said...

Hi Sharon,

Very pretty fabrics and it looks like lot's of fun!

Cynthia
Windy Meadow

jojo said...

Brilliant! You make it look so easy

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Great post! Thx for sharing:)

Stitchin Sweet Sue