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« on: March 20, 2007 05:10:31 PM »

OK, so a while ago for the hoodie swap 5 I wanted to dye a hoodie, I came across some interesting techniques on a craft for kids site, usually I don't like how you can "simplify" techniques when working for kids, I think it is kind of crummy. But I really liked this idea. It is a resist technique with white glue instead of wax like batik. The idea is you use the glue as a resist then you dye the fabric by spraying the dye on the fabric instead of submerging it in dye. (The theory is that after the fabric is dyed you run it through the wash and the glue comes out.)

So I tried it and it didn't work, well the glue thing did, but the hoodie didn't dye as well as I would have liked it to. So I searched and searched for a 100% cotton white hoodie to dye. I found one and just got a chance to try the technique again.

Here it is I have dyed it once and you can see glue (still wet) and the stencil for making another glue pattern.


For the "stencil" I found a book of Indian designs and I photocopied and enlarged them, then I had some clear contact paper so I traced the design onto the contact paper then cut out the details.

Here it is after I have sprayed the 2nd color onto the fabric and let it set (I am also saying a prayer that this will work before I throw it in the wash)



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It mostly worked this is after two washings and there is still glue! on the first one I tried the glue washed out wonderfully, this I think I have to was at least two more times!








Not exactly what I wanted but I am happy enough. I'm not really into stenciling, but I am working my way there. It probably would have had a better outcome. Next I guess I will try fabric "spray" or fabric/dye markers! Oh yeah it is fiber reactive dye, so the color should hold.
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2007 05:36:51 PM »

i really like this! I would wear it
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2007 06:16:13 PM »

I'd wear it too.  That's a really interesting technique. 
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2007 07:07:32 PM »

this is awesome...my fav colors. i wanna try this
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2007 07:17:21 PM »

How cute and "easy".  I think you've made it easy for us anyway.  hee hee.  Did you water down the glue?  I wonder if that would help to make it go away...Not much but a little?  Maybe I should try it. 

LOVE it btw.
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2007 07:24:02 PM »

Thanks for the positive responses! I still want to try again and get it to work correctly and smoothly!
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« Reply #6 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!
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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2007 05:35:48 PM »

yep, procion. No the glue worked well, maybe not perfectly but my problem was not the glue as a poor resist, the problem is that when I tried before I washed it once and all the glue came out, and this time I have washed it twice and soaked it and I think I need two or three more washings before the glue comes out.

I used the dye in a spray bottle and sprayed it on over the glue, because of the concern you stated, and that worked fine.
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2007 10:14:59 AM »

those colours are amazing! It looks so nice Smiley
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