Posts Tagged ‘tumble dyes’

Making fabric with Crash

May 14, 2012

Crash fabric is like crinkle lutradur. The crinkled fabric does great things with playing with the light that hits it when painted or coloured. Lightweight, similar to Lutradur 30, it gives a wonderful textured look to your work. However for some projects its good to have a fabric with a bit more body. By layering up Crash you can create a wonderfully textured Fabric to use for journal covers, bags and purses…whatever you like!

Gather your supplies: Crash fabric, WonderUnder Fusible Web, paints, gesso, iron, ironing board and baking paper. Step 1: Cut the Crash fabric in half. Lay half down on your ironing board. Step 2:  Lay down the WonderUnder over the Crash fabric.


Step 3: Tear up the other half of the Crash fabric into small pieces and place over the WonderUnder randomly.

Step 4: Place the baking paper over the whole pile of fabric. Iron on medium setting to adhere all layers.


Step 5: Move the fabric to a plastic coated table. You have a choice here – to coat with gesso or not. Go to Step 6 if you do not wish to gesso the fabric. A coating of gesso will give the fabric greater robustness for bags etc. Continuing with the gesso-ed example, paint the gesso over the whole surface. Allow to dry. Be aware that the paint will go through the fabric.

Step 6: Paint with your fabric paints or sprays. Allow to dry. Use lumiere over the surface with a fan brush to give the fabric a metallic sparkle. This technique is called dry brush because you don’t add water. Simply dip only the very tips of the fan brush in the lumiere paint and then brush across your piece at an angle of about 30 degrees to the fabric surface.

Fabric not painted with gesso being coloured with Tumble dyes

Painted Crash fabric – paints used are tumble dyes with Lumiere dry brushed over the top. It’s now ready to be sealed with Mod Podge, acrylic wax or even gel medium. The fabric is still flexible and is ready to be made up into whatever you like! Kits are available with Crash fabric and WonderUnder for you to play with, see my shop site for details of the Crash Kit.


More Tumble Dye action…

December 1, 2011

Try spraying a T-shirt too – a great fun project for kids of all ages. After spraying, air dry the piece the heat set in the dryer for twenty minutes to make the colour permanent and washable.


T-shirt spraying with tumble dyes

 Overprinting with the Tumble Dyes


Printing over with Walnut Tumble Dye

SEI Tumble syes are so easy to use. No messy chemicals or lengthy preparation. Just shake the bottle and off you go. Its great with stencils or other found object or use simply to colour cloth. We found we had good results with a variety of fabrics.


Fun with Tumble Dyes

November 29, 2011

Tumble Dyes are water based and heat set

Tumble dyes are water based, heat set, permanent and washable. You can use it on fabric, ribbon, lace, silks, dried flowers, baskets, wood , paper and more. You can apply them by spraying or painting them on the fabric. Combine them with stencils to have lots of fun.

To use the sprays simply place your cloth on a level surface. Place the stencil on top. Shake the bottle of Tumble Dye well – this is important to ensure its all mixed up.  Spray the colour onto the cloth.

Spraying onto cloth


Colour over the whole stencil


Spray a series of images along the cloth


 Tumble dyes are great for tie dye and of course scrunch dyeing in a tub. Simply place wet fabric in a tub. Scrunch up, spray with a colour, move and scrunch again then spray with the next colour. use at least 3 colours to create an interesting fabric.

Scrunch dyeing in a tub

 Tumble dyes are a great way to create your own unique cloth to transform into fantastic textile art. We tried Tumble dyes on a variety of fabrics and ended up with lots to use.  The best part was that even with 3 of us using the sprays and basically going for it, trying out whatever we pleased, there was still lots of colour left in the bottle. In most cases we still had half a bottle of dye left. This was impressive as we’ve all experienced the sprays which run out after colouring 1 – 2 pieces of cloth. Overall we had a fantastic day playing with Tumble Dyes!

Some of our tumble dyed cloth


If you would like to purchase some check out my online store at Essential Textile Art