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Gifty Galore - New Project, week 2

Consider a gift that requires no sewing! Hand dyed fabrics that you dyed yourself are great for gifts!

I was so excited when I saw Frieda Anderson’s book, Fabric to Dye For, on Karen’s desk for Gifty Galore.

Last fall I took a workshop from Frieda, herself, when she came to Vancouver for our local quilt guild, Clark County Quilters.

Want some real excitement? Try dyeing with 30+ quilters. We sliced, and quartered 9 yards of PFD (Prepare for Dye) Cotton Fabrics. Frieda taught us how to take 3 primary colors plus black (Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dyes) to produce a rainbow of fabric

Frieda’s formulas were simple, and dyeing with a friend (we worked in pairs) kept us organized with most of the dyes going to the right places.

Dyeing is a little messy, but so much fun! I’m really pleased with how nicely the colors turned out. These photos don’t even do it justice, they are much brighter in person! Visit Frieda’s website and blog, to see what she has done with dyed fabrics, http://www.friestyle.com.


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Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) on July 6, 2010 at 8:00am
Wow, thanks Kathy, this is really new to me, I have never dyed before. I wonder if my silly sis wants to come over and dye with me? I bet DGS1 would hve a blast with it, he will become a teenager later this month. Yikes!
~Hopppy dyeing~
Comment by Pam/NY on July 6, 2010 at 5:28am
Great idea!
Comment by Connecting Threads on July 5, 2010 at 8:26pm
Thanks Kathy, for this weeks Gifty Galore project! I can't wait to try it myself!
Comment by Vicki0389 on July 5, 2010 at 8:04pm
Oh that would have been so much fun. Last fall I took die cuts ( I made ghost shapes from craft foam on my sixxiz machine) used my glass table out back and put muslin fabric down, then layed down the ghosts all dif directions, and 3 dif sizes. Then I mixed some brown (choc colored dark brown) dye and diluted it with warm water. It was more like a brown wash water. I squirted all over the fabric till really saturated. Let it dry in the sun and had the funnest fabric. I sent to a swapper and she wrote "at first I thought the fabric had a stain, then I thought that's a funny stain its shaped like a ghost." She said she loved having original fabric. You really could do it with any shape, but I would love to get my hands dirty with more dyes.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on July 5, 2010 at 7:18pm
How fun. I just got some hand dyed fabric from a QWU friend and I love it. How wonderful you got to take a class with the author of the book!

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