I wanted to work with a B&W scheme: 100% cotton fabric Black Dye tray cardboard large clips water source fabric marker
Step 2: Fabric
First wet fabric
Step 3: Folding
First fold in half lengthwise
Begin at one end and fan fold to center
fold other half and fold together
Step 6: Clamp fabric
put two clamps on each end leaving bout 3" of fabric
Step 7: Dye bath
Get your dye ready. I used a thickish fabric silkscreen dye that I had on hand. I needed to add about 3 tablespoons to 2 cups water. Make the water as hot as possible. Follow directions for whatever type of dye you choose to use.
I needed to stir the dye bath for several minutes to disolve the lumpy solution.
Step 10: Dipping the fabric
Dip one clamped end of fabric in dye bath.
flip the fabric and dip opposite end in dye bath. (oops this photo is sideways!)
fold the fabric in half and dip the fold in dye bath.
Step 13: Un fold the pillow sham
Step 14: Un clamp the pillow sham
Step 15: Un fold completly
Step 16: Dry
Let fabric dry completly.
Step 17: Iron
The dye I used directed me to iron my fabric with as hot an temp. as possible to set the dye. Follow directions for your dye.
Step 18: Cardboard
Inset cardboard to give a firm surface to work on and avoid the fabric marker from bleeding through.
Step 19: Fabric marker
Use a fabric marker to draw into the dyed fabric to enhance your design.
Step 20: Finished pillow sham.
Step 21: Extra/Extra
I did some offset prints on paper with the wet dye when I unfolded my fabric.
Step 22: Just for fun
Sometimes I use these papers for book covers or wrapping paper.