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An Exercise in Futility

The fiber sketch for today is Leaf Shadows.

Today, I started work on preparing some fabric for the rusty Twelve X Twelve challenge. I have this piece of rust colored silk/cotton blend.

I notice the back of the fabric has a greenish patina so I thought perhaps it would discharge to a green color.

I used a new discharging product called deColourant. It is non-toxic and non-smelly. You print, paint or stamp with it. Let it dry and then iron it to discharge the dye. The more heat and steam, the more the color is removed.

I stamped with corrugated cardboard, netting and a random dotted stamp. I dried it with a hair dryer and then ironed it. I first used my old Black & Decker and then I used the steam iron. And them, I blew a fuse!!

Anyway, this is the result.

Since I didn’t get any green color, I threw it in a bath with turquoise Colorhue dye. Well, I love this!!

Unfortunately, this is a cotton/silk blend and the Colorhue dye only works on silk and wool. So when I washed it, all of the color was gone — except on my hands!

Tomorrow, I will mix up thiox with turquoise dye and try that.

By the way, the deColourant comes with added color which is deposited when the dye is discharged. I was sent a couple of samples – plain and mustard yellow. I have other colors on order. Here is a link to the supplier, Kandicorp.

7 Responses to “An Exercise in Futility”

  1. Diane says:

    Oh, rats, that fabric was so pretty! I bought a little sample kit of the Decolourant at PIQF but have not had a chance to play with it yet. I love the idea of discharging and adding color at the same time. At least you still have the original rusty silk to continue with, yes? It’s a gorgeous color. I’m playing on my 12×12 piece today, too. Have fun!

  2. Judy says:

    gosh, that was such a lovely piece! yup, I’m wondering like Kathy, what if you scrunched it in some Procion turq….worth a try!


  3. kathy says:

    I have a friend who won’t wash the excess procion dyes out of anything…consequently she has dried dye falling on the floor from stuff. I guess you could try not washing it? Anyway, I hope you used your mask for protection while steaming. I used it once without and detected the same smell that discharge paste has, albeit less. I saw the discussion on quiltart that each product had a different chemical in it, but I know what I smelled. Perhaps a dip in procion turquoise would get that color back for ya’.

  4. The unexpected results of some our “our” processes can certainly be a knife that cuts both ways. Sorry you lost the very aspect in the fabric which you loved. It’s still a beautiful piece of fabric.

  5. pamdora says:

    aww Gerrie, too bad. I have days when I experiment and have a great time, but in the end it’s nothing I can use. So I have to stuff it under the table somewhere!

  6. francoise says:

    Too bad the turquoise is gone. It looked nice.

  7. Thank you Gerrie, for the inspiration!