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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying over bleach stains on: July 16, 2007 08:03:01 PM
Salt is a lot of fun!

The method I have used is to first put my dye (cold water/fiber reactive/Procion is the brand I use) onto the fabric (put it in a bath, use squeeze bottles, whatever works) and then sprinkle the salt over the dye. The salt will create really cool patterns in the dye, especially if you use a coarse type like kosher salt. The only down side is that you have to let it dry in place or you'll smudge the pattern.

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The Procion dyes are very concentrated. I used only 1-3 tablespoons per cup of dye for direct application in a soda ash solution. Two ounces will do many shirts if mixed into a liquid and should be plenty for one using the sprinkle method.
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! Dying yarn with Dharma Acid Dyes... on: July 16, 2007 07:53:59 PM
I dearly love Dharma Trading. Most of my dyeing has been with fiber reactive dyes, so I took a peek at the website to see what they recommend for use with acid dyes.

One of the products they recommend is Synthrapol; it's a commercial strength detergent that very effectively encapsulates the dye so that it doesn't transfer back to the fabric after it has been rinsed out. It's kind of pricey, but it's concentrated, so it lasts for a long time. Consider sharing a bottle with a friend if you can, as larger bottles are much less per ounce.
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying over bleach stains on: July 16, 2007 07:23:13 PM
You have a couple options.

As stated, the shirt will dye unevenly if you attempt to overdye it.

You could use a tie-dye technique to create an intentional pattern that will also include the lighter unintentional spots. Depending on the size and placement of the bleach spots, this could work quite well.

Another option is to bleach the whole thing in an attempt to get an almost-even all over color and then tie-dye or batik it...or mark it up with paint or permanent markers...or add some fabric patches/appliques.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: let's make a rug! on: February 05, 2006 07:12:42 PM
My grandmother made braided rugs; I learned from her.

It's really quite easy. You cut long strips of your fabric (wool wears well), fold the long raw edges to the center and then fold the strip in half again (like seam binding) to hide the raw edges and then braid them. You can iron the strips to hold the fold, or you can buy a set of handy little tools that do the folding for you.

As you braid, keep the open edge of the fold to the inside; that helps keep it from coming apart and looks nicer. Also, it helps to have something to hold the end of your braid, so you can pull it taut and make a nice, tight braid.

To make corners,  make an extra turn with the outside strip. When you make the next turn with the inside strip and pull it tight, the outer edge will bulge out. That's the beginning of your corner. Subsequent corner will need more extra turns to get around the larger space.

To make a rectangular (or square) rug, start with a long strip that you fold in two and sew together. At the top, begin making your corner. Unlike with a round or oval rug, (where you can just make long strips at will and sew them together whenever) you'll have to sew as you go so you can do the corners at the appropriate places.

Also, the best way to add fabric strips is to make each part of the braid a different length so you can add the new piece of each one  in a different place along the lengh of the braid. It makes the joins much  less bulky.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Aquarium Porcelain on: February 05, 2006 06:41:46 PM
I really like this idea!

Just a note-

You'll want to wash the china well before you put it in the tank. And then you'll need to rinse it very, very, very well.

Even a small amount of soap residue can kill your fishies.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Candle making questions on: September 05, 2005 03:30:57 PM

For the most part it's fairly simple, melt was in the double boiler, make sure it's not to hot cause it can catch fire! I'm going by memory here but I think the danger point is around 200 degrees.

Yep. At 250 F you get toxic smoke and then flames.

A candy thermometer is useful for keeping track of your temps.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I'm such a nerd it hurts. on: September 05, 2005 02:50:25 PM
That is adorable.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: can someone tell me the name(s) of these r/o/p on: September 03, 2005 05:14:23 PM
I just happen to have some upstairs in my laundry/craft room. And because I bought them thinking, "Hey, those are really cool; I should use them in something" and haven't yet done so, they are still in their package.

Mine do come from Michaels. The company is Elite Better Beads; they call them "bead charms."

Here is a link.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chased silver brooch on: September 03, 2005 04:39:44 PM
the punches kind of look like an elephant....i have an over-active imagination.

Not overactive at all, IMO. That's just what I thought when I saw it. A baby elephant peeking out of a sling. Or perhaps a kangaroo pouch.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 70s, hippie, flower child swap on: September 03, 2005 04:28:14 PM
I'm not a hippie, but some of my best friends are Deadheads.  Grin  And I make a mean tie-dye.

I've been thinking about trying one of these swaps or challenges. This would be an easy one for me to start with.
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