Threads Logo Threads Logo Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram Favorite Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon

Resist-and-Spray Technique for Dyeing Fabric

Oct 28, 2008
Article Image

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.


...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

Sign up for the Threads Eletter

Get the latest from Threads delivered straight to your inbox.


Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, patterns, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Subscribe to Threads today

Save up to 37% and get a free gift


Log in or create an account to post a comment.

More From Threads

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All


  • Sign up for the Threads Eletter

    Get the latest from Threads delivered straight to your inbox.

  • SewStylish


    Take a look inside the pages of SewStylish Spring 2017.

  • CraftStylish


    Expert craft tutorials, news, and tips for sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, paper crafts, embroidery, jewelry making, and more!