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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2007 05:29:35 PM »

I saw this while having breakfast (and COFFEE!!!) this morning before work.  I've been thinking about it ALL DAY.  I'm planning to reduce some coffee this evening.  Can't wait to try it! 

I'm already envisioning doing mendhi designs on fabric to see if I can. 

I don't think I mentioned this before, but i LOVE the fabric/clutch you made!  The almost-tone-on-tone is so subtle but beautiful. 
Thank you so much, I was going for an elegant, simple look.  Hurry up and do it already, so I can see what you do! Grin
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2007 07:26:06 PM »

Hurry up and do it already, so I can see what you do! Grin

The coffee sludge dye is cooling in the fridge so I can experiment...  patience?  what's that? 

Have you tried dying other types of fabrics?  I've been thinking about t-shirt designs with the coffee dye this afternoon...  hmm
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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2007 07:53:17 PM »

I haven't tried any other fabrics, but I bet anything natural would work.  I got a really good deal on the muslin, so I've just been doing that.  Oh!  I did try it on canvas, and that worked.  Not painting canvas, but tote bag canvas.
Did you taste the sludge?  My five year old wanted to taste it (he's odd- I know), so I let him.  I should've had a camera for that face!
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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2007 07:49:42 PM »

i love this! its coffee henna!

or atleast thats what I'd call it
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« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2007 06:55:08 AM »

I would still consider it dyeing. Many dyers thicken up their dyes to a paint consistency. The difference between paint and dye is that paint just sits on top of the fabric, even after laundering. Dye, however, bonds to the fibers themselves, and when you wash it out, there is no stiffness. It still feels the same as the fabric would have if you didn't do anything to it.

Anyway, I wonder if my espresso maker would be helpful for this. Hmm... It will certainly be helpful in making some cappucino and get me moving!
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« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2007 10:28:47 PM »

Thanks for the info.  I'm not a real technical person, so half the time I just go with it and figure out the specifics later.  As long as it looks good, who cares what terms you use!
You may need to fire it up quite a bit, I used a whole pot of the stuff.  Of course, I did have some left over.  For a small project a few shots would be enough.  Yeah, I did drink a few cups while making this.  I can't smell coffee without wanting some!  Mmmmm...
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« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2007 07:37:38 AM »


This sounds a very nice thing to do so I hope that I will have time to try.I have "painted" with wheat flour/water-mix and it's also a nice and cheap way to decorate fabric.I have a question : can you wash the fabric which is painted with this technique or does it fade?
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« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2007 07:49:12 AM »


This sounds a very nice thing to do so I hope that I will have time to try.I have "painted" with wheat flour/water-mix and it's also a nice and cheap way to decorate fabric.I have a question : can you wash the fabric which is painted with this technique or does it fade?

I have washed the bag I made many times, and it's holding OK.  I wouldn't bleach it or wash it in hot water.  I've been using mild detergent (no bleach alternative) and cold water.
How does the wheat flour/water mix work?  Does it wash off?
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« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2007 04:11:18 PM »

Ooooooohhhhhh! Cheesy My mom and i love coffee, we have a ton given to us ... thats flavored and cheap so it doesnt taste good, would flavored coffee work too? Sure it would right? ..... thinking of ideas....


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the clutch too! Its gorgeous!!
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« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2007 08:27:09 PM »

Ooooooohhhhhh! Cheesy My mom and i love coffee, we have a ton given to us ... thats flavored and cheap so it doesnt taste good, would flavored coffee work too? Sure it would right? ..... thinking of ideas....


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the clutch too! Its gorgeous!!

I don't see why not.  The flavor doesn't usually add any color to the drink, so I don't think it should alter the color of the dye.  Let me know!
Thanks!  I love the clutch, too.  It'll be hard to part with, but I can always make more!!!
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