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Dying Quilting Cotton
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Date: 7/9/13 1:31 PM

I have been wanting to dye fabric for my projects for some time. IT seems summer is a good time to do it as I can line dry as I go. Would like to know the best fabric that is ready to dye high quality cotton and also the dyes that are best but also are fairly easy to use and why you might chose them.
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Date: 7/9/13 2:52 PM

My favorite fabric to dye for quilting is Robert Kaufman Pimatex PFD. It has a tight weave and a smooth hand like a good batik. I also have some pimatex from Dharma Trading which takes paint well but I haven't had a chance to dye any of it yet. I haven't got a good source for the Kaufman Pimatex right now, HofP doesn't offer a quantity discount on it any more.

I like to use Procion dyes for cotton. Pro Chem is another good source. Procion dyes are very color-fast when done correctly.

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Date: 7/9/13 3:40 PM

Thanks so much. I have done a lot of handpainting on fabric but not done yardage dying. Is there anything especially important to get the best results? Can one mix their own colors or do you have to use the dyes as they come packaged?

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Date: 7/9/13 5:16 PM

I haven't done a lot of dyeing, but I do have a couple of tips. MAke sure the fabric is wet when you immerse it in the dye solution and keep it moving if you want even color, though changes in color can be lovely.

For lots of help, visit Paula Burch's site. Now SHE is a pro!

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Date: 7/9/13 5:38 PM

I have never done it, but I have heard that the dye ready stuff from dharma trading is the best.

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Date: 7/9/13 6:36 PM

Are you wanting to dye solid colors? Or are you looking for color variation? I have little experience with dying solids, but lots with dying interesting, color shifting yardage.

If you want to just dabble in the idea without a big $ commitment, buy a t-shirt tie dye kit (Jaquard is a good brand) and play around. If solid colors are your goal, then the Kaufman Pimatex PFD is the best stuff, but if you want the colors to have variations, then almost anything 100% cotton with a decent thread count will do nicely. I've worked with everything from sheets (frequently the best price - Ikea's are decent) to muslins to over-dying pastels that were discounted.

Dharma and ProChem are both good sources for the chemicals and dyes. For the soda ash, buy it locally from a swimming pool supply store.

I try to dye big batches in the spring and fall. I use such a messy method that working outside is a must! But it is so, so much fun and taking the final yardage out of the dryer is inspiring...

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Date: 7/9/13 9:53 PM

My favorites for cotton, Dharma pimatex or Kona cotton,
Dyes from Prochem or Dharma, Mix your own unless you like the colors they already have, recipes-Prochem and Elin Noble's book, and Ann Johnson's Dye by Accident( I think that is the title)! Good Luck!

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Date: 7/22/13 4:05 PM

I bought up a yard of every white quilting cotton fabric.com had under $12/ yard. I think I tested 10 different fabrics, prewashed all, dried without a dryer sheet. I also had some PFD Kona from Dharma and Radiance from a show.

All of them took dye beautifully. My lesson: just buy the fabric you find in the quality that you want. No need to get fancy cotton made specially for dyeing. Sometimes I use the $2/yard white I find at sale at Walmart, sometimes I use the super luxurious organic cotton. Depends what I want it for.

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