Water Stain Effect on Quilts

quiltHave looked all over the internet trying to find the answer to a question about dying. I hand embroider, quilt, etc., but have seen some pillows, wall hangings, etc. stitched on unbleached muslin. The finished products I’ve seen have a ‘water stained’ effect around the center design and am wondering just how to get that effect. I hope you can help me with this. Thanks for any help! Barbara

Hi Barbara,
I think you’re going to have to experiment to get the effect that you want. Do a quick search at ask.com for tea dyeing, and also get a catalog from www.dharmatrading.com. Dharma Trading Company sells everything for color on fabric – all kinds of dyes, paints, etc. Start with the reactive dyes, maybe in camel, ecru, bronze, dark brown. Use them all in a highly dilute form. Dharma also sells muslin very inexpensively, so you can try a few techniques to see what you like. You can try dipping, spraying, scrunch dyeing in a Ziploc bag – you might invent something new that you really like! have fun,

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