Sun Dying

Today was great!  I was in charge of the sun dying at our Undercover Gals quilt group.  We have done this about 3 years in a row now.  It is always so much fun for everyone, that nobody wants to miss it.

This year we invited another quilting group called Bethel Homemakers.  My friend Barb also came from about an hour south of us.  She is very involved in 4H, Homemakers, and a quilting group from Slippery Rock University.   Everybody brought a dish to share for a potluck lunch too. (YUM!!)

We were delighted that a few of our members that had been ill this spring were able to join us too.  One chose not to participate, and the other brought her daughter and grandkids to dye her share of fabric.

Our group bought the Pebeo Setacolor Transparent paint from  I highly reccomend them!  We also bought 2 full bolts of muslin to cut up and divide equally among our members.  The visitors had to bring their own fabric and they also gave us a donation to help pay for the dye.  (ok, I know it is technically paint, but I still call it a dye sometimes)

Some different things that we used to lay on top of the wet, newly colored fabric:  coins, rice, salt, lima beans, oyster crackers, leaves, flowers, grass, stones, lifesavers.  Where ever you put an object down, it remains light.  The area around it turns darker in the sun.  How fun is that??  I prefer to not use all that stuff, and just let the crinkles in the fabric be interesting.

Every year we make a quilt for the church to pay our “rent” for using the social hall all year.  Next year the quilt will be made of these fabrics.

Here are some pictures from today:






There is a great set of directions/tutorial at the Dharma website if you want more info on how to do this kind of dying.  We used a whole little jar in 3 or 4 cups of water.  We diluted the dye MUCH more than recommended.  That was done on purpose, as we were trying to make a little stretch a long way.  And they wanted pastels.

Thanks for looking.  And if you do anything similar, let me know!


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diane F
    Jul 31, 2007 @ 16:06:00

    Oh Gayle, the fabrics really turned out great! It looks like you all had a great time.


  2. Gina
    Jul 31, 2007 @ 16:40:51

    JEEZ WHAT FUN!! I’d love to try thAT!


  3. AllenQuilts
    Jul 31, 2007 @ 16:59:31

    Oh yummy!


  4. Melissa
    Jul 31, 2007 @ 17:13:23

    It’s looks like you guys had a fun time. The fabrics turned out really neat!


  5. sammi
    Jul 31, 2007 @ 19:51:52

    Those fabrics are fabulous! And what a beautiful day you chose.



  6. Michelle Wyman
    Jul 31, 2007 @ 21:04:57

    Very cool! Sure looks like a great group having a great time!

    Your fabrics are beautiful!! Can’t wait to see the quilt they will be in!


  7. Vicki W
    Jul 31, 2007 @ 21:54:04

    What a pretty lawn! I really love sun printing and can’t wait to do some more again soon.


  8. carlafibers
    Jul 31, 2007 @ 23:34:52

    What a fun day you had!! They look so perfect drying in the sun on the lawn!


  9. Lynn Douglass
    Aug 01, 2007 @ 02:11:29

    oooooooooo!!! Yummy, Gayle! It’s great to see you getting creative, having fun, and “sounding” happy!


  10. Irene DeBlois
    Aug 01, 2007 @ 07:01:03

    Fabrics turned out lucious!! I guess I’m going
    to have to try this.


  11. TeresaL
    Aug 01, 2007 @ 10:29:04

    Oh how neat is that?! Learning to dye fabric is on my list of ‘to do some day’.


  12. KK
    Aug 01, 2007 @ 22:36:58

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time!


  13. myolivebranch
    Aug 02, 2007 @ 19:08:53

    gayle, you have the most fun! good to see. kayp


  14. Nancy Hughson
    Aug 03, 2007 @ 20:42:41

    It’s almost like being there!


  15. catsmum
    Aug 03, 2007 @ 23:32:19

    don’t you just luuurrrve heliographic paints? I understand there are other brands but I’ve only ever used the Setacolor.. not getting enough sunshine at the moment to use ’em but just you wait till spring!
    and I have to say I was quite chuffed to see myself linked in your sidebar! Gives me such a kick when anyone does that.


  16. Caren
    Nov 05, 2009 @ 12:20:45

    Can you sun print on a cloudy day??? I want to do this with some school kids, but you can’t predict the weather and it will most likely be winter time. How about flouresant lighting? Will that work the same as the sun?


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