Thursday, June 11, 2009

More Gallon Jar Fabric Dyeing

I am so glad that Dh came home from OTS, because I really needed a babysitter so that I could go to this workshop! (and I am only half kidding :)

I have taken this workshop before and when I saw that it was being offered again I jumped at the chance. This is so much fun, but it's just not something I would try to do at home (lots of kids, no space, etc.), so the workshops are a perfect opportunity for me to enjoy fabric dyeing!

Here is the jar/fabric/dye after sitting 24hrs.

Here is my first look at the fabric during the rinsing process. It was a lot easier this time because I only had to rinse it by hand once, really well, and then put it in the washer through two no-soap cycles to rinse it the rest of the way.
Here it is fresh from the tub. Look at the colors!
After two "rinse" cycles I washed it once with dawn and a SHOUT Color Catcher fabric softener sheet.

Here it is after a high-heat run through the dryer.

Here is a close-up of the colors and pattern after ironing.

I had intended on more blue, but I had pushed so much fabric in to the jar with the reds and yellows that I only had a small part left for the blues at the end.

Here it is all at once. I chose not to pre-cut it, and dyed it in one five yard piece.

I love fabric dyeing! I am not a huge fan of the tie-dye look, but this fabric is so cool I just don't care. Taking a white piece of fabric and turning it in to something amazingly unique and colorful is addicting! And for a perfectionist like me it a huge relief that the out-come is totally unpredictable. Sometimes I get so caught up with making my projects perfect I forget to enjoy the process, but with this you have no choice. You throw in the colors, let go of control, and enjoy the surprise when you pull out the fabric!


  1. I LOVE IT!

    You have to teach me how to do it when you come to Florida....I really want to try it!

  2. That looks so fun! And I can think of a few good ideas on what to do with it (can anyone say FORT?! LOL). (-April and p.s. thanks for visiting my blog!)