Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dylon Dyes

We have had so much rain and when
it's not raining it's very windy. Not
good days for me to dye fabric.

Today is a good day and I'm taking
advantage of it!

I dye fabric on my deck and use lots of
drop cloths. Messy ain't it? But it's also
so much fun.

Today I tried Dylon Dye. I have wanted to
try this dye ever since reading about it on
Trish's blog Hand Dyed Fabric & Threads.

Normally I used SetaColor paints as
a dye because I'm intimidated by powdered
dyes. But I found the Dylon dye very easy
to use.

So today I tried "Burnt Orange" and here's
the results:

See that white piece of fabric in there? The package
said NOT suitable - Pure polyester but did I listen?
This polyester had a silk finish so I just wanted
to test it. As you can tell it didn't take the dye.

Hanging out to dry.

#2 is unbleached muslin - it absorbed more
of the dye - it's much darker
#3 is cotton broadcloth - much lighter
#1 - After #2 &3 was sitting in the dye bath
for one hour - in what was left I put #1 into it.

I like how it came out in different shades.
With one package I used 3 one quarter yards
of fabric. I have another piece one-eighth
of a yard that I experimented
with and was disappointed with the results.

Here's what I did:

I sewed the ends to make it a shibori and then
I folded the fabric and poured the dye on top.
(This was the left over dye)

You can't see where I sewed but you can see
somewhat of where I folded.

In case you're not familiar with what I mean by
Shibori - here's one that I did last year.

You can see where I stitched the fabric and
then pulled on the thread to bunch it up.
This was done with the SetaColor paints.

I don't know why it didn't work with the
If the weather holds out; I'll try to dye
more fabric this week with the other
colors that I bought.


  1. Looks like you had fun. I recently tried dyeing synthetics as well with a similar result. they do say it will be paler so I guess we shouldn't be surprised. Do you mind if I link to your post?

  2. I would love to play with dye but children plus dye doesn't sound like a good idea to me yet. Unless I want a chartreuse child. Thanks for posting about this though. Did any of the fabrics turn out tough feeling? or did they maintain their pre dyed feel?

  3. The dyed fabric looks great. I love this batch because I like orange.

  4. cool i like the shibori effect you madeon the fabric. do u have more tips on getting irregularly dyed fabrics?:D would be great to know thanks!


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