There are two ways I have been dyeing lately: platter dyeing and shibori, which I recently learned at NC Quilt Symposium for Jan Myers-Newbury. Here’s a quick tute on platter dyeing. I first got some insulation board at Home Depot and had them cut the pieces up into 4 large pieces. Then I sealed the edges with packing tape. I had all my dyes mixed already and my PFD fabric was pre-soaked in soda ash solution. (I ordered the fabric from Dharma Trading Co). Here’s a platter in a laundry basket to catch drips.
Here’s my dye table and after the dye is applied to the fabric, I put it out to dry and cure in the hot sun. When it’s dry, it’s done!
And now Shibori:
The pre-soaked fabric is twisted and scrunched down on pvc poles and held in place by rubber bands. Then these poles were soaked in buckets of dye. Wherever the dye does not hit, there is a resist created.
Some results- dyed and over-dyed with shibori method: these were pretty boring to start with, but look at them now!
What will these fabrics become? Don’t know yet, but stay tuned down the road to find out…..