Thursday, February 5, 2009

Dye Release

The photo on the right shows 2 examples of dye release.  Both fabrics had a bleach paste (In this instance Cascade liquid dishwasher soap) applied to make the leaf pattern designs.  I used a stencil and a foam roller to make the ginkgo leaf design. The oak leaf design was made with a foam stamp.  I lightly rolled the paste onto the stamp with the foam roller.  I let the bleach set for 10 minutes on the green fabric and only 5 minutes on the dark navy fabric.  The bleach was rinsed away and then the fabric was soaked for 15 minutes in a water and vinegar mixture to stop the bleaching process.

The green fabric on top is one of my hand dyed fabrics.  The fabric on the bottom is a commercial dye/batik.  I was curious to see how my fabric would hold up to the bleach in the release paste.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I use a dye fixative in the final stage of dyeing to increase color fastness.  There was much less of a reaction than I expected.  On the other hand I did not expect the quick results with the commercially dyed fabric. I guess that what makes this technique so much fun.  You never know what your end result will be.

7 comments:

Jackie said...

They're both so pretty! Having fun is the best part but you also get such wonderful results!

Lynn said...

This is an interesting process. Thanks for the teach-in. I wonder if and when I will want to get my hands in dye? In the meantime I shall enjoy watching you do it and your wonderful results.

knitsewjo said...

They're both beautiful...
I especially love the gingko.
It would go ever so nicely with an embroidered pillow I have... by Shady Grove, of course!!

bindu said...

They are both gorgeous, Chris!

quiltcrazygal said...

Beautiful Fabrics, I love the process. Your quilt "Mod" is really fun, you should be so proud! I'm catching up on posts and I want to give you all the support I can with your changes...good for you! I can relate to all that you have been through. One day at a time, one lifestyle change here and there. It really worked for me, I threw the "D" word out the window a long time ago and learned not to deprive myself of anything. If I want a cookie, I only eat half. I put a lot of things in the freezer and have learned to put fiber in my diet. Blessings to you and know you are not alone. Jenna Louise

Faith said...

Wow I love how these has turned out and I cant wait to see what results you come up when you start having dye-ing fun.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Chris this is totally fascinating... and you have come up with beautiful results... makes me want to try.. Oh if I only had more time in the day!!!
Thank you so much for sharing this...