Welcome to the Fabric Dyeing section of the Archives. Here we’ve gathered together all the content on DesignMatters TV that focusses on methods of fabric dyeing. You’ll find video workshops and inspirational blog posts with lots of ideas and information to help you get started.
About Fabric Dyeing
With fabric shops packed with fabrics in myriad colours and patterns, why would you want to dye your own? Well just like a painter mixes her own colours on the palette, the textile artist loves the control and freedom of preparing fabrics from scratch. We so enjoy hand dyeing our own fabrics. There are many different methods from bucket dyeing to space dyeing, indigo, rusting, and painting with thick dyes.
Most of the methods that we’ll guide you through are suitable to natural fabrics, cotton, linen and silk. The exception being transfer printing/dyeing, which is suitable for synthetic fabrics such as polycotton poplin. Don’t worry if you don’t have much space or time, we always focus on methods that take a straightforward approach with minimal equipment and products.
Free – Simple Thread Skeins
If you enjoy dyeing fabric, then it’s highly likely you’re going to want threads to match! In this show see how Laura prepares skeins ready for dyeing.
Indigo and Rust
We just love the combination of indigo and rust dyed fabrics. In this workshop collection we'll guide you through the essentials of indigo dyeing, plus more advanced methods using pleating, clamping and other simple resist methods. Next try rusting your fabric with iron objects to create incredible organic patterning.
In this archive collection of 2 video workshops Laura will show you two of her favourite methods for colouring cloth with hand dyeing techniques. Use Procion MX dyes to colour natural fibre fabrics for fabulous results. You'll only require simple equipment and Laura will guide you through the processes step-by-step.
In this collection of three video workshops Laura will demonstrate easy, but highly effective ways to colour cloth with thickened dyes. Explore three different methods for adding colour pattern and line using simple materials and equipment. Laura will show you how to use thickened dyes for these processes, an ideal choice as they won't stiffen the fabric at all.
Painterly Piecing, Applique and Hand Dyeing
We just love hand dyed fabrics, there's no better way to create just the colours and colour combinations that we want for our work. In this video collection we'll show you how to dye your own fabrics and then use them in painterly appliqué and patchwork projects.
In Archive 4 you’ll find a lively mix of some of the very first shows we taped for DMTV. Ranging from sketchbook work, improvisational and paper piecing, there’s lots to inspire.
In Archive 2 you’ll find a lively mix of some of the very first shows we taped for DMTV. Ranging from discharge printing, through altered books and free motion quilting, there’s lots to inspire.
In Archive 1 you'll find a lively mix of some of the very first shows we taped for DMTV. Ranging from discharge printing, through altered books and free motion quilting, there's lots to inspire.
New on DMTV
Dive into the fascinating world of indigo! In this workshop Laura will show you how to create stunning fabrics by using simple resist techniques and indigo as an overdye. We just love the results and we think you will too.
Photographs + Sketchbooks
Do you find yourself with a stash of inspirational photo prints, or numerous photos on your phone waiting to be printed? Photographs can be an exciting component of your sketchbook pages. See how Laura's been using photographs in her books as a layer in her collage and mixed media process.
Work along with Linda to make your own visual diary to document your observations and collections. Linda's focussing on one of her favourite subjects, moths, but your diary can document anything you like!