Hand Dyeing My Own Fabric

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Even though there are many beautiful commercial fabrics around, I’ve fallen in love with hand dyed fabrics. For the last few years I’ve been experimenting with different techniques to add color and textures to my own fabrics.

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Since I don’t have a studio and I live in the city, I try to do most of my dyeing when it is warm enough to do it outside along the side of my house on a folding table covered with a drop cloth.

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Hand dyeing is not that difficult, but there are different elements that you can manipulate to get different results and I love to experiment. My goal is to get the result that I’m looking for with the simplest techniques. Sometimes the results are surprising.

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These are examples of some of the fabrics that I’ve dyed this summer. I plan to use them to make art quilts, dolls, and accessories.

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