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Monday, January 24, 2011

Ways to finish

Screening with thickened dye on top of deconstructed first layer
rolling a third layer of dye using a foam roller

I frequently use a photo silk screened image to layer on top of the deconstructed marks. Then I might use a foam roller to add another layer of color.
Bullet or vertical steamer

MX and Liguid Reactive dyes
Because I switch back and forth between powdered MX dyes and Liquid Reactive I use the bullet steamer to set the dyes. If I am doing a really small piece I will steam them while still wet in the microwave. Other wise I let them dry over night on the the table and then roll both the drop cloth and the silk around a card board tube and steam for about 30min.

Once they are done steaming they get washed in the washer and dried in the dryer.

working on the Baby Lock serger
organza Faux Kimono with serged edges
The final step is serging... I love having the option of the color choice for the rolled edge.


  1. I think this is a wonderful blog! What a wonderful way to extend teaching beyond the classroom!

  2. Thank you for sharing your studio set up. Where did you purchase your bullet steamer? I am trying to locate one. Thanks.

    1. Sorry I just found your question. I was able to buy mine from a university fiber program that was moving and were getting rid of their used equipment. I was lucky.