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Wrap-and-Dip Technique for Dyeing Fabric

Oct 28, 2008
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Folded and wrapped fabric is ready to be dipped.

by Lois Ericson
from Threads #72, p. 66

Tying or clamping fabric with string so that portions are held loosely while others are very tightly squeezed is a good way to form a partial barrier against bleach penetration when the wrapped fabric is submerged in a bleach solution. Clothespins, paper clips, and rubber bands provide other wrapping/clamping options. Weights (clean stones, full plastic bottles, and so on) may be necessary to hold wrapped pieces completely submerged while bleaching.

Wrap-and-dipAccordion-folded fabricNarrow-wrapped fabricIn the photo at left are several lengths of folded and wrapped fabric, including an accordion-folded fabric sandwiched between pieces of wood (finished fabric in middle photo), and a long, narrow bundle that’s simply folded fabric wrapped with string (finished fabric in photo at right).

More on dyeing fabric:

Dyeing with Bleach
Resist-and-Spray Technique for Dyeing Fabric
Pipe-Wrapping Technique for Dyeing Fabric

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  1. User avater jessinreallife February 17th

    Did you dip the string in bleach and then wrap it around the fabric?

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