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Monday, June 1, 2009

Dyeing time again

A sure sign of summer, time to break out those fabric dyes. I am 3 years into this madness, and I can hardly wait for the summer sun to show, so I can get all my supplies out and start playing again. It took me 2 years to actually cut into my treasures. They were so pretty to look at. The perfect eye candy, but I made the leap last summer and, WOW, I sure do like how they work into projects.

I've been searching thru my treasure trove of patterns that I have downloaded from online, and found one that I decided I just had to dye fabrics to make. I needed 4 fabrics of each color group ranging from dark to light. The perfect dye challenge.

For this I used the same bucket for all 4 fabrics. I just added another layer of fabric and soda ash every 10 minutes. What I ended up with was 4 shades of the same color. Some had better results than others. I am thinking it is because some were purely 1 color of dye mix. The raspberry was rather surprising. The bottom layer was very dark and almost purple looking, and the very top layer was a light blue. A perfect example the different colors in that dye mix.

The colors I used for these fabrics as as follows top to bottom.
#18 dark purple
#46 brilliant blue
#6 deep orange
#4 deep yellow
#29 bright green
#65 raspberry

Dharma Trading is my favorite place to order thru. I am awaiting a delivery of some new colors this week.

Here is a little teaser for you. Just what do you think I am doing with this??

Stay tuned, I think you will be a little surprised!


  1. LOVE them! Your colors turned out GREAT!
    Have been thinking of trying this with my daughters this summer also. Have the
    Dharma Trading Company catalog but am confused as to which would be the best dyes etc. Any ideas? Would like to do counted cross stitch fabrics 100% cottons for my own personal use.

  2. Lynn I use Procion MX dyes. They would make beautiful Cross stitch fabrics.

  3. Hi! I just found your beautiful site and your GORGEOUS hand-dyed fabrics -- do you sell them? I'd be one of your buyers, if you do. Please let me know -- you have a great eye for color!


  4. Joan -- Could you please send me your email address? Thanks!



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