Ombre Dyeing (Gradient Dyeing)

Ombre dyeing gives a nice subtle, ethereal look to fabrics.  It looks harder than it actually is. Supplies: Fiber Reactive dyes (MX dyes) Soda ash Salt Buckets for dye bath Rod to hold fabric Chairs or some sort of support to hold your rod Rubber gloves Pins or clamps Technique: 1.  Wash the fabric in Blue Dawn (unless using PFD fabric).                            Note: Some instructions say to presoak the fabric in soda ash solution.  I prefer not to do this to avoid too much color wicking up the … Continue reading Ombre Dyeing (Gradient Dyeing)

Katazome – Stencil dyeing

Katazome, is a Japanese method of dyeing fabrics using a resist paste applied through a stencil. With this kind of resist dyeing, a rice flour mixture is applied using a brush or spatula.  Pigment, or dye, is then applied by hand-painting, immersion or both.  Where the paste mixture covers and permeates the cloth, dye will not penetrate. One of the biggest attractions of katazome was that it provides and inexpensive way for an over-all pattern. Traditional katazome is quite labour intensive. Traditional Katazome Stencil cutting Stencil: In traditional Katazome, the stencil is made by bonding multiple layers of mulberry paper … Continue reading Katazome – Stencil dyeing