Thursday, December 15, 2011

Talk Back Thursday

Thank you so much to Mamafitz, Carla, Becky, Marie, Alison, Elaina, Debbie, Linda, Patsijean, Katherine, Christine and Katie for talking back to my confession last week! I confessed that, not counting an unfortunate tie-dye experience in the 70's and some washing machine mishaps, I have never dyed any fabric.

People were pretty evenly split - with 6 reporting that they haven't tried it (although some, like Carla, plan to try it soon!) and 6 reporting some experience.

Definitely the person to turn to for advice is Marie - she has dyed fabrics using a wide variety of techniques - such as low water immersion, tray dyeing, marble dyeing, gradients and space dyeing - and provided all of the pictures above! I didn't realize that there were so many different methods - I found her dye tray example particularly beautiful. :)

Becky and Alison also provided links to examples of their dyeing projects (follow embedded links for full posts):

Becky gave two bits of advice - follow the directions and use quality dye! She recommended Dharma Trading Co. dyes.

On the downside, a couple of people mentioned that it can be messy and non-trivial to dispose of the dye bath responsibly.

And Katherine commented that the only time she really got the dye to distribute evenly was when she accidentally put something red in the washing machine with her whites! Been there, done that... ;)

(Good thing I love pink!)

Finally, Christine mentioned that fabric dyeing has been all the rage on Project Runway this season. I've lost track of that show - I want to start watching it again...

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to leave a comment! I hope everyone is ready for the holidays and feeling excited and happy and festive! I have a special sewing stocking stuffers give-away for you tomorrow! :)