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Resist-and-Spray Technique for Dyeing Fabric

Oct 28, 2008
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A piece of cheesecloth, draped over the fabric...

by Lois Ericson
from Threads #72, p. 66

Anything that will protect the fabric while you spray a fine mist of bleach solution over it will leave behind a pattern shaped like its outline. Choose flat, detailed objects like cedar boughs and cheesecloth. Lace and netting of all kinds, paper doilies, coins, washers, twigs, tape, cut-out paper, beads, and odd-shaped stones and pebbles can all work well. Thoroughly spray the area, and wipe off the objects with a paper towel afterward if you plan to reuse them.

Cheesecloth...

...and the pattern it makes

A piece of cheesecloth (left), draped over the fabric, yields an intricate pattern (right) when sprayed with a fine mist of bleach solution.

More on dyeing fabric:

Dyeing with Bleach
Pipe-Wrapping Technique for Dyeing Fabric
Wrap-and-Dip Technique for Dyeing Fabric

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