Monthly Archives: August 2011

Overprinted Art Cloth

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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.

Move the stencils, or place more and repeat with the darkest color.

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!

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Too much of a good thing?

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When you’ve got just too much of your good thing going on, these simple little flutters of fabric give you back your modesty.

Similar to a dickey, or fichu of the 18th century, they are just right for the tank top or evening dress that share more of you than you are comfortable with.

I’ve made these few for a friend to tuck in the top of her mother-of-the-bride dress so as not to upstage the bride!

These work best with a lightweight fabric with great drape; chiffon, silk, knit mesh, anything like that.

Cut the simple shape you see here. You want the top edge to go from bra strap to bra strap with a couple inches for fold-over and a couple more for draping.

Use an overcast stitch, or serge around all the edges, then fold the top edge under as shown here. Yes, that is a piece of drawer liner you see under the fabric. It’s great to lay slippery fabrics on when cutting. They stay put beautifully.

Stitch on a snap at either end of the top edge, wrap and snap around bra straps and drape artfully to cover as much or little cleavage as you like!