Beat the heat and use it as a means to dye your fabrics for you, easy peasy!
Lay out your fabric, sprinkle with dye stuffs such as onion skins, finely ground tree barks, walnut shells, etc., wrap tightly, soak with vinegar, wrap tightly in aluminum foil, or plastic wrap, and place in a sunny area that gets really hot, like your garden shed roof, or deck off of your house.
Allow to remain bundled for a couple of days.
After a couple of days open your bundle and allow to air dry.
After it's "cured" open your bundle, remove the vegetation, and rinse your bundle prior to washing.
I wash my fabrics with a gentle detergent.
To learn more check out my eBook Compost Dyeing and Other Fermentation Dyeing Techniques.
Now is the perfect time to start a solar dye vat, all you need is a sturdy glass jar, a lid that'll seal tightly, and some natural dye elements such as coreopsis blossoms, oak bark, onion skins, etc.
Add these items to the jar, add your scoured and pre-mordanted fabrics, top of with water, seal jar with lid, and place in a hot sunny location.
Depending on the temperature, and the dye stuffs used you should have lovely piece of naturally dyed fabric within one to ten days.
Remove from jar, rinse, and the give a good wash using a gentle soap, dry, and your fabric is ready to use in your next project.
To learn more about natural dyes click here.
It's Rust Dyeing weather!!! It's incredibly easy to rust dye fabric for unique pieces of art cloth.
Plastic wrap or black trash bag
Lay objects onto your fabric, saturate with vinegar, cover with plastic and place your fabric in a warm, sunny location, like the roof of your garden shed, etc. for about 12 hours.
After 12 hours remove plastic from fabric piece, and check for marks left behind by the rusty objects. If the marks are not as intense as you'd like repeat the process. Otherwise your fabric is now ready to be rinsed and then washed.
To learn more about Rust Dyeing read my article here...
I placed my fabric into a rusty old wheel barrow and placed rusted objects on top of the cotton fabric. I then saturated the fabric with vinegar, covered the works with a piece of heavy plastic for 24 hours.
The "60 Days of Birds Mixed Media Challenge" BEGINS May 30th!!! Join me for 60 Days of Bird Making!
I'll be having a blast creating unique birds using a variety of mediums, materials, embellishments, and much more!
Welcome to my new Blog!!! I made the switch to Squarespace recently so that I could have all of my resources under one roof.
You can still access my old blogs over at Blogger, and I highly recommend that you do so as I have written gobs about Surface Design techniques using Natural Dyes.