Sunday, January 4, 2015

Fabric Dyeing.....Thrift Store Style



A trip to town is not complete without stopping

at the thrift store...




I have been picking up lots of white cotton pillowcases

for a dollar or two...







They take the dye really well...







This case has battenburg lace on the edge...







Because these are previously used pillow cases,

the fibers are roughed up and ready to receive the dye

more readily than new textiles.













All of these cases were soda soaked, pleated,

then placed in long narrow trays

for the dyeing process.













The stitching on the edge of this case must

be done with polyester thread,

which resisted the dye...







This case was a white on white stripe pattern...






You can see in this image how the stripe 

acted as a resist to the dye...







This series of blue cases would make

perfect water and sky fabrics for landscape projects...

but I will use them for pillowcases.













This looks like a sky with a few clouds drifting by...







It was a FUN day fabric dyeing...

thrift store style.
























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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

4 comments:

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Great idea to dye pillow cases and especially from thrift shops. I love thrift shops too because you never know what goodies you will find there. Are you going to use them all for pillowcases? Or use some to cut up into quilts, etc?

LuAnn Kessi said...

Hi Daryl,
My family enjoys receiving a pillowcase or two from me each year, so they will all be used as pillowcases. It is a great way to test out new dye techniques that I can later use on fabrics.
My Best To You,
LuAnn

MarveLes Art Studios said...

i love how you've upscaled these classic pillow cases! I love the polyester thread resist pillowcase; what terrific results you achieved on each one tho. i will definitely take a second look next time i'm in one of the thrift stores. beautiful!

Kelly said...

OMG!! I am a huge thrifter and check linens ALL the time. Never thought to do this (add to list of projects!!). They are fabulous! Thanks for the tip!