Discharging Black Cotton

I promised Quilt Art list that I would post the results of my discharging tests. Here they are:


The top two samples were done on a heavier fabric which might be a cotton/linen blend meant for Sashiko. The Softscrub and the discharge paste did not penetrate the fabric as easily. Also, the colors are a little browner in the top sample than what I scanned. The second fabric is a little yellower. I don’t know why the true colors would not scan as the others are almost spot on.

4 Responses to “Discharging Black Cotton”

  1. Kristin L says:

    Thanks for the samples. FYI, I had bought a very nice quality black fabric years ago made especially for discharge but the discharge paste and softscrub had no effect on it. It worked gorgeous with bleach though. For me, the discharge paste seems to work best on run of the mill commercial fabrics (lots of fun on prints), and I’ve gotten cool results with softscrub on hand dyed fabrics. I reserve the bleach for my special-for-discharge fabric — which I’ve used up, so no need for bleach anymore 🙂 Oh, and check out Malka’s cool experiments: http://stitchindye.blogspot.com/2007/03/tuesday_13.html I’d use bleach stop instead of vinegar, but I love the shibori techniques on commercial fabrics.

  2. Rayna says:

    Typical results with the variation, Gerrie. Thanks for posting these. The difference between the bleach and discharge paste is always striking. See you soon!

  3. Verna Banks says:

    Is bleach stop like anti-chlor? which I cant find here where I live. does
    any bleach neutralizer work, which one could get at the fish or pool section of
    walmart? Apparently one is not supposed to use vinegar. I have used it with
    ok results but seems to be a no no

  4. Diane says:

    These samples are really interesting. I’ve not done discharge dyeing and didn’t know that the same fabric would discharge to different colors depending on what medium you used.