Today was a day of dye prep, and so I thought I would share the steps I took, along with pictures when possible, to prepare to dye my fabric.
Before I get into the prep process, I wanted to share images of two quilts from the show that I thought might be particularly interesting to my audience.
And now for the dye prep process:
Step 1: Buy your fabric. The fabric that I bought is 100% cotton, or very close to all cotton, which will take the dyes up with relative ease. The fabric that I will be dyeing is white so that the only coloration it will have will be from the dyes I apply.
Step 2: Wash(and dry) your fabric. This step is important because it makes sure that your fabric shrinks if it is going to shrink. If you leave some of the fabric unwashed, and put it into the quilt, when you wash the quilt the unwashed fabric will pucker and change the appearance of the quilt.
Step 5: Manipulate the fabric. This is the part of the process where you fold, stitch, or wrap your fabric up so that a design will be created when it is placed in dye. Some of the options are pictured below.
I also mixed the dyes and chemical water that I will be using Wednesday, following given recipes. In my next post there will be more information on the colors I am using, and the dye process itself.