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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Dyeing Adventure



I read about dyeing with potato dexetrin as a resist. The results were beautiful but I have no dexetrin so I wondered if potato starch, which I do have, would work. This is the result. It is not at all like the illustrations I saw. It should have dried into wonderful organic looking patterns. I don't mind this piece of fabric though. It sort of matches my mood today. Lol.
I may try again with thicker starch. This time I will put it on cloth that is wet and then let it dry overnight to see what happens. For this one, I pre-soaked the cloth in soda ash solution and dried it before stretching it on a frame and painting it with the starch. I let it dry overnight and then painted it with Procion MX dye thickened with alginate.

6 comments:

Libby said...

Wow - sounds complicated, but a fun experiment.

quiltpixie said...

looks like the snow storm we're having found you're blue fabric! :-)

meggie said...

That is certainly one different looking piece of fabric!
It must be a lot of fun dyeing fabric, - hmm do I need another hobby??

YankeeQuilter said...

The fabric makes me think of looking out a window on a frosty night...it also looks like a lot of fun.
Siobhan

gwen said...

The fabric looks like a windy winter night like the ones I know from Brittany on the beach! If you let dry your fabric creased it will look completely different but as interesting as this one. Have fun!

Lily said...

Well even though it didn't work out as planned, it looks like fun. And very post-modern dahling!