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1  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Scarf of Zippiness +2! on: July 17, 2007 12:09:48 AM
the colors are gorgeous... wonderful!
2  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: My very first.....ryijy- rug.Must see. on: July 17, 2007 12:06:50 AM
i love it! i have never made a rug, so i'm a bit curious about the process you used... is the pile essentially a supplemental weft? what material is the ground weft? i'd love to know more about how you made it? what did you use for warp? and what size reed?

okok, enough questions... i could go one forever... great job!
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Natural Dyes: Tips, Tricks and Resources. on: April 05, 2007 08:41:25 PM
wild color is an awesome book... if you can find it... i believe it is out of print.

i only use alum as a mordant, but still wearing a mask because it is a fine powder. i got mine from dharma trading in san rafael (california), but they do online and mailorder too.

tumeric (sp?) works well without a mordant and produces a beautiful gold color and will even dye rayon (yayyyy)

that's all i got. thebon's tips are primo.
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can you stencil with dye? on: April 05, 2007 08:28:48 PM
like atomic mary said, just thicken the dye till it is the consistancy you want it at for stenciling. algeanate thickner works well (keltex-- it is essentially seaweed-- you can eat it)

good luck!
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to dye rayon? on: April 05, 2007 08:26:51 PM
i second that!

procion dyes look beautiful on rayon.
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm looking for vibrant, hot pink dye...what's the best brand? on: April 05, 2007 08:25:50 PM
first you should decide on what sort of fiber you'll be using.

if you are using a cellulosic fiber (cotton, rayon, linen, etc.) i recommend using procion fiber reactive dyes. wear gloves. i just did a sample skein for my weaving & dyeing class a few weeks ago and at 1% color (less concentration of dye in process) for fuschia my yarn was HOT HOT pink. the girl who did 3% was even brighter. that's just an idea for you... you can increase that up to 5% too.

for other fibers (wool, silk, ec.), try acid dye. i am weary about dyes from chain stores, but jaquard brand is good if they have that. the more you use, the more intense the color.

good luck! and wear a mask when working with powdered dyes. you DO NOT want to inhale any of those particles.

dharmatrading is the best place to get it from. they are in san rafael, ca if your in the bay area, but the mailorder EVERYWHERE.
7  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: My First Weaving Project on: March 23, 2007 10:15:30 AM
the patchwork idea is really good and i'm sure that if you used all the different threading techniques it would look like patchwork... something i never even thought. i have experimented with patterned threading (i did an undulating twill for this last project i just did) but i haven't thought about trying different threading patterns in one piece. it's a great idea. was it a four harness loom? i'd like to see more work from you!
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: dye techniques? on: March 23, 2007 10:07:41 AM
um YES i think we need our own board for dyeing.
i do too much dyeing. now i'd have an excuse to post shtuff.
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Hoodie that just wouldn't DYE, img heavy on: March 23, 2007 10:00:07 AM
the elmer's glue does work really well as a resist, but sometimes when using an immersion dyeing technique it washes out because it is soluble in the water (hence why you put it in the washing machine afterwards). if you "paint" the dye on sometimes it works better... what sort of dye did you use? procion?

there is also a hardcore cleaner that help removes extra dye and works well as a scour of sorts on commercial fabrics and helps to remove sizing and what other finishes may be on the fabric, it is called Synthrapol. i'm not sure where you might find it, but it's harsh so always wear gloves!

the sweatshirt came out cute though!
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: My First Weaving Project on: March 19, 2007 02:14:43 PM
nice sampler... and its always nice to see someone new excited about weaving (usually its too much work for most people to stomach).

did you experiment with different threading patterns through the heddles for the warp?
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