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.
Video Workshop - Learn how to dye a garment, either a ready-made item or something you've sewn yourself. Laura will show you how to dye your clothes with minimal equipment and exciting results.
Foiling on Fabric
Learn how to foil shapes on fabric. In this workshop Linda will show you two fast and easy methods to add some metallic gleam to your fabric. See her samples and also how she's used the techniques in her quilts.
Easy Batik Fabrics
Learn how to make your own beautiful batik fabrics with simple mark making and layers of colour. We'll use simple tools and easy-to-use wax to create these stunning, one of a kind fabrics. They'll be perfect for use in your quilting making and embroidery, in fact any stitched project.
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.
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.
Colour Exchange Dyeing
Create a family of fabrics and threads that will work beautifully together using colour exchange dyeing, a simple hand dyeing technique using minimal equipment and supplies.
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.
The Thick of It
Learn how to thicken Procion MX dyes with Manutex (sodium alginate) so that you can paint or print with them.
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 3 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 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.
Tips for dyeing threads
Hand dyeing threads for quilting and embroidery is really quite simple. Here are a few tips if you fancy having a go yourself. (My thread is mercerised cotton and I’m dyeing it with Procion MX fibre reactive dye). I think threads are best dyed with a low water immersion technique so I’m using shallow trays (cat litter ones work fine, ...
New on DMTV
Story of a Quilt: Paintbox II
Discover the story behind Linda's quilt Paintbox II. She'll talk in detail about her thread choices and thought process when quilting the piece.
Making ATC Books
What are you going to do with all those ATCs? In this workshop Laura will show you several ways to use them including making tiny sketchbooks!
Mixed Media Panel: Girl with a Bird
Video Workshop - Linda really enjoyed making a set of ATCs recently and thought they had potential to be scaled up. See how she's applied similar ideas to a larger mixed media panel to paint stylised portraits using acrylics, collage and stencilling.