Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Overdye" polyester

At my annual dye retreat I often overdye clothes or fabric with Fiber Reactive dyes. 
This will only work with natural fiber fabric. 

 I recently came across a really cute dress at a garage sale in colors that
don't falter me. It's polyester so Fiber Reactive dyes won't work.

 Since it was only $2 I thought I would experiment with 
changing the color with Setacolor fabric paint.

 I used a capful of paint and three cups of water, submerged the dress until 
the fiber was saturated and hung it outside on a cloudy day to dry.
(Setacolor will sun print, or turn white under an object the is blocking the sun, http://www.dharmatrading.com/info/sun_paint.html)

 It dried too yellow to suit me... 

so I repeated the process with diluted cobalt.

I'm pleased with the dry color.
 The hand is slightly stiffer but it's still wearable.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

It's in the Bag is tonight

I've created three handbags for the Greater Denton Arts Council's fund raiser,
It's in the Bag!

The party is this evening, May 9, from 5-7 pm at the 
Center for Visual Arts. 
400 E. Hickory, Denton, TX

Silent purse auction and Fundraiser
Sweet Tea, Bellinis, Savories & Sweets
Business dress, hats and gloves optional
tickets are $20 per person.

For more information call GDAC, 940-382-2787.