When I saw this technique by Marie-Therese Wisniowski featured in the August/September issue of Quilting Arts magazine, I just had to try it. It’s technically a dye sublimation process, where you print, then overprint on fabric.
What you see here is my first go at it.
Using disperse dyes meant for synthetic fabrics, you paint the dye onto paper (I used regular old printer paper) and let it dry thoroughly.
Do this with a light, a medium and a dark shade.Using the lightest color, Iron it, dye side down onto a piece of fabric. I used a tone-on-tone batiste here. The iron must be very hot and dry, and you have to move it pretty slowly. I got better with a more even distribution than you see here after a little trial and error.
When the first color is down, lay out some low-relief plant materials, or other stencil-type objects and repeat the process with the medium tone.
On this piece, I used a poly knit and after printing the three colors, squinched it up lengthwise and laid down another layer of color. I like the effect.
This is a great non-messy way to use fabric dyes that gives fantastic results. I’ll be doing more of it!