Monday, November 15, 2010

Dyeing Black & White Fabric

Sometimes you just need a certain fabric for a project that you either can't find or doesn't exist.  I have an idea for a quilt using a black background.  I don't want to use solid black or a tone on tone.  I want something with a bit of color.  But most black fabrics with a bit of color are just too traditional for my design. 

Why can't I just dye a black and white fabric with a color?  I have quite a collection.  The black should stay black and the white will pick up the color.
The critical step is to make sure the fabric is scoured first - washing with the hottest water possible with synthropol and soda ash.

Using my regular method for dyeing, and letting it sit overnight before the washout, I was so pleased with the results.

I used the same dyes to do some thread dyeing.  I'll post about that tomorrow with my unique method for obtaining variegated thread.


  1. I love what you did with the black and white fabric! They are really great.

  2. Cheryl,
    I love the results of your dyeing! They are beautiful! Can't wait to see what you do with them.

  3. They turned out wonderful...what is it you are making now?


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