Fabric Dyeing 101: Jar Dyeing Tutorial
Added Feb 21, 2011
Brooklyn, New Yo...
We cover a lot of sewing and pattern-making tutorials on BurdaStyle but we haven’t touched much on fiber arts and dyeing. Designing or enhancing fabric can truly customize a sewing project, and also lead to the creation of a truly unique design. How many of you practice dyeing techniques? Which ones do you prefer? Are you looking for a specific dyeing or fibers-related tutorial?
For some time, Jar Dyeing has been quite popular with knitters who wished to create custom color ways for their projects. In their case, they are dyeing the yarn before it is knit. For jar dyeing fabric, I took a piece of sage green silk charmeuse and enhanced it with acid yellow, tan and black powderd dye. The outcome of my experiment almost looks as if the fabric were tie-dyed. I love the atmospheric quality and sense of depth jar dyeing achieves, and I also love surprises— you never know what you’re going to get!
I used my favorite sections of the fabric to create a dress and matching fabric covered shoes (see the tutorial for those here).
2 yards silk charmeuse (you can use any fabric which takes to dye), powder dye (not liquid), glass or heat-safe vessel, very hot water