Altering Commercial Fabrics

Twinkle cover quilt

All of the sudden lots of people seem to be experimenting with overdyeing and bleaching commercial fabrics. Austin homegirl Malka Dubrawsky of A Stitch in Dye (shop | blog) seriously rocks these techniques. Above: her Twinkle Quilt, featured on a recent cover of Quilting Arts Magazine.

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There are so many possibilities here. By using resists of various shapes, you can create faux patchwork. Malka shares her plexiglass sandwich technique+here. She also uses wax resists (batik) to wonderful effect. Look for her book slated to come out later this year.

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Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson! tried overdyeing (above) and bleaching. The bleached versions look great as coordinates for the original fabrics. Just take a look at the quilt blocks she made using both the “before” and “after” versions.

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Nicole from Craftapalooza and Whip Up just gave bleaching a shot too.

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And for every good trend, there must be a Flickr group to document it, right? Take Charge, Discharge! Give It a Try, Overdye! was just started by r0ssie, who is also the admin for Fresh Modern Quilts. She’s holding a great giveaway to kick off the group and encourage submissions. Keep your eye on the group for information on techniques and reports about people’s results with various kinds of fabric.

2 Comments

  1. Great post again Kim! I’ll be featuring stitch and dye on scoutie girl on monday – loooove her work!!

  2. Love it! All of it!- great post.