I’ve really got the dyeing bug lately (read about my Adventures in Overdyeing). I was at it again this weekend. Low water immersion dyeing using procion mx dyes. This was a new technique for me. I got mostly good results, learned a couple of lessons and am ready to try it again next weekend.
My pile of hand dyed fat eighths
Let’s take a look at some of the fabrics.
I love this piece. I scattered plastic discs all over the fabric, then rolled it up and stuck it in the dye. I love the effect.
This piece was folded like a flag before going in the dye.
I made several pieces like this. I hope to over dye some of them. It looks like fire to me.
I think this one looks like something the Hubble telescope might have taken.
This is much more vibrant in person.
This was rolled up with a piece of bubble wrap.
This fabric was scrunched up in a cup and the dye was poured over it.
This technique is called stacking.
I love this piece. I spread this piece of fabric on the table and worked on it all morning. I dripped on it, wiped my gloves on it, and mopped up spills with it. At the end of the day, I stuck the whole thing in a pink dye bath.
This is my least successful piece. That light area came out white, undyed, nothing. Then, to make it worse, it picked up all sorts of migrant dye during rinsing making it pink. This is definitely a candidate for overdyeing.
I plan to do my dyeing in the coming weeks. I have an idea percolating for a quilt with all these hand dyes.
So let’s talk about dyeing. I’m not an expert and I have a lot to learn, but I’m here to tell you that if you have any desire to try this, you can. Is it cheap? Not really, but it’s not super expensive either. You need to buy dyes and soda ash, but everything else you can find around your house. I would say, the cost comes out less than or about the same as a yard of quilt shop quality fabric. As for equipment or environment, I’m working in my kitchen and having no problem.
If you have any desire to give this a try, I strongly encourage you to do it.