Thursday, 13 September 2007

Fabric Dying & Teflon Ironing Pad.

I've been busy dyeing cotton fabric today after realising how expensive coloured blenders are per 1/4 metre. I'm frustrated that I can't show you the true colours, but you'll have to trust me when I tell you that they're pretty. :0) These all look quite samey, but they're not.


This at least shows you the mottled effect I achieved by sprinkling dye powder onto damp fabric and squishing it up. Then I blasted it for a minute in the microwave.

Look at the marbled effect. If I can find some more dye I shall do lots more.


I have been asking around for a sleeve ironing board or an ironing pad to press my appliques and small bits of scrap fabric in my sewing room. It's a pain having to keep running downstairs to set up the ironing board and then of course I have to leave it there in the way because I have to keep going back to it while I'm working. I was just in the process of ordering a rather expensive ironing pad when I saw that they also sold Teflon coated fabric for making your own pads. Well, being my Grandmother's granddaughter, I'm not one to spend out when I can make my own! So I rummaged through my pan drawer and found a Teflon baking sheet. I sewed it to four layers of old tea towels and Voila! a smashing new ironing pad with one non-stick surface for when I'm using sticky iron-on fusing and a cotton side for normal pressing. OK, so it smells of sausages....but you can't have everything can you? :0)


8 comments:

granny grimble said...

You are so inventative, it's beyond belief! Those fabrics look lovely, Are they blends of mixed dyes, or is each one a separated
dye. I bet it's fun in your house. It's a good job I don't live next door! XXXX

weechuff said...

You must have started this after I left you :0)
Great colours! What is the colour of the material before you started?

Sindie said...

Each piece has two different colours in it to get the marbled effect. I sprinkled the two different dye powders at the same time. I remember when we did live next door to each other Leeta and we did have fun if you remember with our sewing?

Yes I did it this afternoon mum. All the fabric was plain white and cream.

granny grimble said...

Oh Turn back the clock!!!!

weechuff said...

I can't quite imagine what you have done with the Teflon baking tray. You can't sew something to it as you said, so I am a bit confused. Can we have a proper photo please?

weechuff said...

Stupid me!!! I was thinking of a metal tray Hahaha!! Now I can see what you have done. Very ingenious!!

Beetle said...

Ha ha ha ha! Well nice when your hungry :O) It all looks very lovely. What Teflon are we talking about then?

Sindie said...

You know, those Teflon sheets that are like paper? You put them in your baking tray and they just rinse off, even after a roast.