Anything you have or know about discharge with thiox, I just got a strange (to me, anyway) result with the stuff.
working with discharge after dyeing fabric, specifically a bleach pen
Working with sodium alginate thickeners--and I want to know why you require people to take a "first" dyeing class with you on-line before taking the sodium alginate one! I can't afford to take two classes, one is stretching it with me.
Thiox-I've never used it. I use a solution of diluted bleach as discribed in the class I teach at QU called "Three Unusual Ways to Dye". What happened to make it strange, Beverly?And Jackie- we use bleach pens and discharge techniques in the class mentioned above. Laura-The class using thickeners is very intense. We need to work out a lot of the basics first so that students aren't blown into outer space when they start using the thickeners. You personally may not be daunted by the work and pace, but many would be anxious and feel like they are in some kind of boot camp if just starting out. It makes it a lot easier for me to not have to go back and fill in the gaps and makes it much better for the other students to not have to wait for those who need to know the basics like: "why isn't this working for me? I bought my fabric for 25 cents a yard and it's white and a polyester blend but it looks great and I love it and have 196 yards of it so I want to use it and it should work and why do we use the colors on your supply list? I have Aquamarine and Chinese Red and Marigold and my colors are wacky but I want to use them and why do you say to use soda ash? I never use soda ash and Molly Goobernose taught us in the 25 minute online Youtube workshop I took with her that you don't need to ever use soda ash and by the way-I'm making my own thickener. I have 750 pounds of sea weed in my driveway and my husband is building a bon fire right now so can you tell me how much I can sell this for on Ebay? Anyway- and why am I getting crummy results???" hahahhaa. You get my drift.Talk to me about your dyeing experience, Laura. A starter class at QU is $35-45.00 for 4 or 5 weeks. You can email me if you like.
Hi Marjie,I'd love to email you, the "Empress of the Dyeing Universe", but can't find an email address on your blog or your website! Mine is email@example.com
Why do you think everything you do is mundane? Are you just experiencing a temporary low spot? I do believe everyone feels that way once in a while, you're not alone!
EVERTHING you do is interesting and certainly not mundane. I just love looking at the colours. I also find that by seeing what you have been doing, no matter how mundane it seems to you, encourages me to get my dyes out and get dyeing. Keep those photos coming! I am loving 3 Unusual Ways to Dye. Pamela
Thank you,ladies. I guess the "mundane" comment is due to the fact that I have been dyeing for 40 years and it's just what I do. I tend to think that going down to the dye studio and dyeing 10 yards of a standard blue cotton is the same as somone else going to the office and doing 10 tax returns or someone else helping 10 customers in a retail store find a pair of socks that match a suit. :-) OKay then...today I am playing a tennis match and then coming home to clean the studio. THAT should be something you might like to see....yes....okay then. Pictures are coming!
Oh posh! You're my inspiration, Margie. I'd love to see what happened to those gorgeous Chaos pieces that you started a while back.I miss being in class with you.
I love looking at home made dying but sadly I haven't tried anything myself. I have some fantastic books but sometimes books just don't cut what someone knows. So.... I have heard and read about nutural dying- I get the chemicals you need and plants.. question- if you were to make up a dye and draw an image using the dye... could you fix it by ironing it?? I know the heat is important for fixing the colour.
Hi Gray,It's quite a bit more complicated than drawing and heating and you are so right about not being able to get it all from a book. That's why I teach how to do this online. At Quilt University, you sign up and then have the lesson and me all right there so you can ask me questions as you go along. You also have access to the other students to ask THEM questions as well. It's interactive and fun and best of all- very affordable. To have a class with me in person is way more expensive and you have to come here to California and camp out in my back yard which is sporty in an of itself. Now if you want to draw with fabric paints that is another matter and yes, you can fix those with heat.
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