Have you ever created unique, custom fabric to use or give? Some of our resourceful Quilting Arts readers have! Take a look at these amazing examples of dyed and surface designed fabrics. Get your supplies out and try a piece of your own. All you need is some prepared-for-dyeing fabric, ingenuity, and maybe some great instruction! Check out Beyond the Basics: Dye Your Own Fabric for amazing tutorials for amazing hand-dyed fabric. Just starting out? Try our basics eBook, available here. Check out top tips for dyeing on Facebook with Editor Vivika DeNegre and Associate Editor Kristine Lundblad.
In this Reader Challenge we asked our readers to transform a white fat quarter into a masterpiece of experimentation and innovation. Techniques ranged from marbling– and screen-printing, to ice dyeing, to shibori; to stamping, rusting, silk screening—and more—with fantastic results! Since this challenge was a swap, all of the entrants received another artist’s fabric to explore, transform, and incorporate into their own artwork. Gather your fiber friends and organize a swap of your own—but in the meantime—enjoy this selection of readers’ work!
Marianne Bender-Chevalley • Fully, Switzerland
Lisa Dodson • Martinsville, Indiana
Thickened Procion® dyes stamped on Thermofax® silkscreen and stenciled; color wash over the paint
Janet Main • Boulder, Colorado
Jacquard Lumiere® paint, shaving cream, freezer paper
Christine Kovacs-Clark • Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Marbled with Jacquard® marbling inks and watered-down Golden Artists Colors® acrylics that were floated on a carrageenan size.
Carol E. Marlin • Indianapolis, Indiana
Fiber reactive dye, silkscreen
Mary Ruzich • Medford, Oregon
Fabric pinched at the center and placed in a tall cylinder with 1″ of dye solution; soda ash added every 20-30 minutes.
MaryEllen Sax • Woodbury, Minnesota
Sun printed with inks and ferns plus a layer of all-purpose ink applied with Fantastix™.
Sandra Tavel • Veyziat, France
Pleated, and tray dyed with Procion® MX cold water dyes.
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