Shades of Turquoise on Fabric with Procion Dye
Today, I am excited to show you how you can achieve various shades of turquoise using Procion dye. Procion dyes are cold water reactive dyes that chemically bond to fiber. I am using the turquoise Procion as the base color dye for my upcoming indigo textile designs. Below are the various cottons and linens that I have prepared in soft turquoise blue.
This project is for anyone looking to explore ways to hand-dye fibers: weavers, quilters, crafters, and/or fashion designers. Really anyone looking for tips on the best way to dye something with a gradient of hues!
Read on to see how easy it is to dye with Procion dye and how I achieved these different results.
Shibori on Procion Dye: Part 1
Lately, I have been enjoying experimenting with multiple Shibori techniques, while learning new ways to innovate within the medium. I recently purchased the book, Stitched Shibori: Technique, innovation, pattern and design, which has opened my eyes to many possibilities and patterns that can be achieved through Shibori.
Today, I would like to show you how to create stunning effects and pattern by using Shibori techniques on Procion dyes.
As you may already know, Procion dyes are fiber reactive dyes that bind to cellulose or plant fibers. Although, I am mainly interested in ways to naturally dye fabric, I do appreciate the variety and effect that results when combining Procion and indigo together.
For this project you will need:
To begin, I decided to dye everything bright magenta pink using Procion cold water reactive dye. I wanted something that would contrast with the indigo and also shine through the stitching. For this project, I used a hand stitched Shibori technique called Hira-nui. I wanted to work with 1/4 stitches. For this, I marked the 1/4" stitches first on the pleats. For the pleats, I use an accordion fold technique, which you can see here.
Read more to see hira-nui stitching explained along with the steps used to achieve this fabulous technique.
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