Sunday, 16 March 2008

what a waste of a day

Spent a long time stamping previously dyed fabric with manutex thickened fabric paint, it looked great, ironed it to set the dye and the washed it, most of it washed out.ARRGGGG.Why? the paint is usually stable so what difference did the manutex make? should I have used some kind of mordant? if any kind soul is reading this and has any ideas I would love to know. I have now done some writing using procion and manutex, I have added washing soda this time, ironed it and whacked it in the tumble dryer to blast it.I cannot wash it at the moment as my dear husband had to fix a leaking pipe on the washing machine and now the cold water isnt going into the machine,DIY is not his forte, so its the repair man tomorrow.It can only get better, can`t it?


Guzzisue said...

Hi, thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting on the fairy who is now definately skirtless!!

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Just a thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my little panels. Much appreciated.
Never heard of manutex. Who makes it and where did you buy it. There isn't much I haven't come across over the years. I am a compulsive tryer of new products but not this one. Whay was your aim in using the thickener?

margaret said...

Nothing to do with the manutex itself. The important thing is to re-soak the already-dyed fabric in soda, which will fix the next layer of dye. Also people recommend "curing" procion dye by leaving it, wet, in a plastic bag overnight. My own dyeing is still at the experimental stage - I'm just passing on what I've read elsewhere - hope it helps!