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« on: April 02, 2007 07:19:15 PM »

okay, i'm new to dying fabrics and was recently given some procion mx dyes. i am enjoying them much more than fabric paint which i find quite stiff. i have a dress i am wanting to make with a very specific design. the dress is yellow with a big teal-y polka dot and then a smaller red polka dot inside of it. does anyone have advice on how best to go about this? should i use yellow fabric and bleach the polka dots and then dye them?  or use a resist on white fabric to draw the lines of the polka dots and then dye the base yellow and then fill in the teal and red? or..... what? am i even being clear? i hope someone out there can make sense of what i mean and give me some guidance!
oh and thanks so much for this board! it has made life so much easier! yay board!
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007 10:13:11 PM »

What kind of fabric are you thinking of using (esp what weight)?

I wouldn't try to bleach a yellow fabric - the color generally doesn't completely come out. If you need a lot of area filled with yellow, you could resist the dots with something (wax frex) and dye it yellow, then remove the wax and use a wax or gutta to outline the dots, then dye-paint the dots in. Or you could dye-paint the whole thing, although it might be harder to get an even yellow that way if it covers a lot of area. If you don't need clean lines for the dots, tie-dye/shibori is also a possibility.

In my limited experience with guttas, they work best on lightweight fabrics - it is hard to saturate heavier fabrics with the gutta to prevent bleeding.  Maybe there is a better type of gutta for heavier fabrics, though.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2007 09:58:20 AM »

at this point i am thinking of using a quilting cotton. it's a dress and i don't want it to be too light.
what is the difference between wax and gutta? and where can i buy it? michael's? i had a really difficult time finding and buying the dyes so...
i am hoping for a sharper line to my dots. thanks for the advice on the yellow though. i didn't even think about it not all coming out.
i guess i'll have to play around a bit. of course, it's one of those things i want done now! Roll Eyes
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