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« on: February 15, 2010 06:21:45 PM »

I spent this weekend re-gluing:



And re-dying:



And here's the end result!



ah...much better!  I used a darker color for the one side and that helped cover the pencil marks.  I still lost some color upon drying, but I am NOT washing it this time!  I think that the issue is that I am cold dying without cold dye.  I usually stove top dye for something that will be washed regularly, but couldn't melt away the glue.  So next time I will get real cold dye and heat set with both the dryer AND the iron (I did that this time...thanks YarnWranglerC!).  Always learning!!

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Hey Guys...first post, so I hope all goes smoothly Smiley

So...this is a "poor man's" batik because it's not really batik at all.  I used hot glue instead of wax so that I wouldn't have to purchase anything for this project.  I did have to replenish my glue sticks, however.  Hope the pics come out --

Here's the tapestry pre-washing and peeling off glue:



And here's after:



It faded pretty bad after I washed it.  I couldn't get my pencil marks out, so I washed it twice...mistake, I think.  O well.  Thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010 07:09:07 PM »

I think the color might have stayed better if you heat set it. Next time maybe try peeling the glue, ironing it, or running it in the dryer, then hand washing it instead of machine washing it. Hopefully this will work. I know that when dying yarn you have to heat set the dye first.
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2010 05:25:11 AM »

Thanks!  I did heat set it in the dryer, actually.  It didn't look so bad after the first washing....
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2010 06:04:24 AM »

Okay, it might not have been enough heat then, maybe the iron would be hot enough.
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2010 06:10:37 AM »

hmmm...will try the iron next time.  My dryer is pretty old...

Maybe there's something else I could've used instead of pencil to outline?  Something that would have come out upon washing?  I'm not good enough to free hand with the glue.  Any ideas?
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2010 07:04:08 AM »

I would try a fabric pencil or marker. Maybe even tailors chalk, they are sure to wash out when you are done.
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2010 07:13:41 AM »

Brilliant.  Thanks for all the help  Grin
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