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Topic: Quilt out of linen, some dyed with indigo  (Read 1275 times)
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Another Jennifer
« on: November 13, 2013 08:54:12 PM »

I have recently learned how to dye with natural indigo - it's a blast.  I started with linen and some of it ended up quite light and blotchy because I didn't know how to prep the fabric.  Also, cotton seems to take the dye better than linen so I've switched over to cotton.*
Anyhoo, I took my practice pieces and turned them into a quilt.  Every piece of fabric is linen and was thrifted. 

*PS - just because I'm curious and obsessed:  have you dyed with indigo?  Do you find the same thing?  Tell me all about it!  I love it!


I blogged whatever project you are looking at right here:  jenniferfalkowski.com/
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2013 09:20:59 PM »

I know that liquid starch {and bluing} can help the color to adhere. And so can regular white vinegar. I believe indigo to be a plant dye, so vinegar would be a better bet. Same with dying using onion skins, or berries, or other plant matters for color. Your greens from spices or herbs are fun to experiment with. So is coffee, or tea? Bluing is more for your polyesters. It gives them stick power! Oh, and don't forget rhubarb! Wonderful color. Just boil some up {not in a food pan...the leaves are toxic!) And you get a wonderful magenta shade. I keep separate pans for my crafts.  Grin

Soak your fabric, add the "mordant", then wring out and dry. Then soak again in the base mordant solution.

For clarification: the mordant would be your starch, bluing, or vinegar. Add it first to the color factor {tree of choice...boiled funny juice  Grin} then squeeze, dry, and soak again in just the mordant...no more color needed. Well, unless you wished it, but then repeat with a final coating of the mordant. I have had great luck this way with fabric.

I am sure that our fellow spinners on this site could add many more thoughts to my ideas. They dye thread here all the time. And certainly know more than just what I am shareing. There are many additional mordant products out there...like copper, magnesium...it can get complicated. But for just dying up some quilt fabric...eh....keep it simple!  Cheesy


And yes, cotton takes color best. Polyester resists. That is because it is a woven plastic! Silk is a fine fiber to work with, again a natural fiber...not plastic.  Grin

Wanting 6" x 6" I spy panels. For a quilt like this:
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2013 11:00:30 PM »

Looks great! I've never tried any dyeing at all.

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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2013 12:15:31 PM »

Stillatthetop!  One of the awesome cool things about indigo is that it requires no mordant!  It's very basic...high pH...so vinegar (an acid) neutralizes it.  It's stinks, though.  Whoa!


I blogged whatever project you are looking at right here:  jenniferfalkowski.com/
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013 02:08:07 AM »

Beautiful! Reminds me on Japanese Boro!
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