I’ve been busy…

Hand dyed following Color Your Cloth

Yep, as I predicted, dyeing fabric is very addicting. I spent the last 5 days taking over my husband’s garage parking spot and dyeing fabric, following the directions in Malka Dubrawsky’s book, Color Your Cloth. The book was *very* easy to follow and I was successful from the first piece of fabric I dyed. It is a pretty time consuming process, especially if you are working around the schedule of a 1 and 3 year old. But boy is it fun.

Hand dyed following Color Your Cloth

I’ve learned quite a bit in the last week. I probably looked like I was creating a bomb or something, with my bleach, vinegar, hot wax, dye, apron, rubber clothes, and face mask. Oh well, everyone needs at least 1 weird neighbor, right? I had a few happy color surprises, a few “ooo, not really liking how that turned out” moments. Watching the colors change from dyeing, bleaching, discharging, overdyeing is quite an adventure.

Hand dyed following Color Your Cloth

These were 2 of my favorites, and actually the first 2 I made. I had the most luck with the circles (made with a tube from some stabalizer), and the stripes (made with a paint brush). I have a feeling I could have a lot of fun with the Tjanting Tool, which is like a pen for drawing wax designs onto the cloth.

Hand dyed following Color Your Cloth

Unfortunately, I’m now out of fabric to dye and my husband was itching to get his garage space back. But I think in the next few weeks I’ll be ordering more. There’s just something very satisfying about knowing you created the fabric design for your project. I can’t wait to get sewing!



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    September 20, 2010

    Wow! I can’t believe you dyed these! Her book is great, I wish I didn’t live in an apartment so I could try this out too. When I first saw your top image I thought you had purchased one her fabric packs! They look awesome! 🙂

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    September 20, 2010

    i really love the circles!

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    September 20, 2010

    Beautiful fabrics! I love that book.

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    September 21, 2010

    How cool! Love how they turned out!

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    September 22, 2010

    Great job–I got Malka’s book last Christmas and started dyeing–it’s been a wonderful learning experience, and I agree that her book makes it SO easy to get started!

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    Kate Conklin

    September 23, 2010

    Your red fabric with the white rings looks absolutely amazing! Well done on your first go!