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How to Dye Fabric after Devore

In the October/November 2012 issue of Threads, Holly Brackmaan shares her method for creating beautiful burnout designs using a product called Fiber Etch. After you've finished burning out a design on a cellulose/protein (such as a rayon/silk blend) fabric, you can dye the fabric--both the opaque and the translucent areas--using fiber reactive dye. Here, we show you how to use fiber reactive dyes and the soda soak process to color both the cellulose (rayon) and protein (silk) portions of fabric in one process after completing devoré.

You can also use fiber-reactive dyes on a cellulose/synthetic fabric (such as cotton/polyester Azeta) after burnout to dye the remaining cellulose areas of the fabric without adding color to the devoré designs, because fiber reactive dyes do not bond to synthetic fibers.

The soda soak dyeing method

Soda soak is a fast and simple way to achieve varied results by painting or dipping. First soak the fabric in a solution of soda ash and water. Then, immediately apply one or more dye colors to the wet fabric.

1. Mix 1/2 cup soda ash in 1 gallon hot water, stir to dissolve. Soak washed devoré fabric for at least 15 minutes. Once you're finished with this step, you can store the soda solution at room temperature in a bucket with a tight-fitting lid for many months.

2. Mix 1 teaspoon of fiber reactive dye powder with 1 cup of water for a medium value. Stir well. Vary the amount of dye depending on the intensity desired.

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Comments (5)

charisbathel charisbathel writes: Thanks for sharing your tutorial with steps...
Posted: 3:39 am on January 28th

robinmacmiller robinmacmiller writes: Nice
Posted: 6:04 am on January 21st

scottie335 scottie335 writes: There's a lot of potential for art pieces using this method.
Posted: 9:11 am on April 2nd

Phillippa Phillippa writes: You can also use decolorant or alter ego dyes ..
Posted: 6:23 pm on August 29th

KharminJ KharminJ writes: Thank you Holly, for a *complete* step-by-step on this process!
I often feel like small (but important) steps have been left out of directions here, but this one feels like even a complete novice really can do it!
Posted: 9:50 pm on August 28th

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