Sun dyeing bias tapes

Today was such a lovely sunny day with no rain or cloud forecast, that it was perfect for a sun painting day.

I have a number of black and white fabrics that I’ve wanted to transform for quite a while, and a good friend gave me a roll of white cotton bias tape she had in her stash for a while, and said “do something with this”!

Here’s what I did with the fabric – using some orange and red sun dyes – can’t remember the brand (probably Pebeo sundyes) and the labels were all messy with spills – I painted over a piece of commercial black & white fabric –

Original fabric

Original fabric

Painted fabric #1

Painted fabric #1

I moved the fabric out into the sun to dry.  I had used a lot of paint and saturated the fabric resulting in a lot of wet paint left on the plastic table top, so another piece of fabric placed over the wet paint, design side down, and rubbed to absorb the wet paint.

Fabric #2

Fabric #2

This looked so good, I painted the table top with a bit of left over paint for this piece of fabric

fabric #3

fabric #3

I don’t know how much was on the roll of bias tape, but after taking off about 20 metres, there didn’t look to be much change in its size.

Each of 4 pieces 5 metres long, were soaked in warm water, then spread out on the plastic table cloth.  The day was so warm that they had almost dried before I finished painting.

Bias tape ready for soaking

Bias tape ready for soaking

DSCN6611 painting tape

DSCN6612 painted tape in the sun

Blue-green & blue-purple tapes

Blue-green & blue-purple tapes dry and ready for heat setting

Yellow-orange-pink, and yellow-orange-red, heat-set and ready to be rolled up.

yellow-red tape

yellow-red tape

All done, ironed and rolled, they make a lovely rainbow of colour.

A rainbow of bias tapes

A rainbow of bias tapes

With these lovely bias tapes, all I need is a bright quilt to use them on.  🙂

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6 responses to “Sun dyeing bias tapes

  1. Fantastic!

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  2. Sue, that dyeing looks great, I love the colours of the bias tapes. Judy

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  3. Love what you’ve done! I’m not familiar with sun dyes like that, and I think I could get into a lot more trouble if I did! Adding color to the black and white prints is brilliant as well. Oh why are there only 24 hours in a day?

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