Book Review:
 Creative Dyeing for Fabric Arts with Markers and Alcohol Inks

Julie Yonge © 2011

   
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Title: Creative Dyeing for Fabric Arts with Markers and Alcohol Inks
Author: Suzanne McNeill
Publisher: Design Originals, www.d-originals.com
ISBN: ISBN #157421659-7
 

Fabric Dyeing with Sharpie Markers!

Yes, dyeing silk, ribbons, lace, and other fabrics and threads, with sharpie markers; itís fast, fun, and easy. I saw this demonstrated at the Houston Quilt Market by Suzanne McNeill and was just fascinated at the results and how easy it was.

All you need is some fabric, colored permanent markers (such as Sharpies), and some alcohol. Take your markers and doodle on your fabric; lines, circles, squiggles, blotches, anything you desire. Then take some alcohol in a little mister bottle and spray your marked fabric.

The more you spray, the more the colors bleed and the most beautiful blended colors and patterns appear. Let the fabric dry, iron to set and there you have a permanently dyed piece of beautiful fabric. How easy is that!

Suzanneís book, Creative Dyeing for Fabric Arts with Markers and Alcohol Inks, outlines lots of fun projects for using her methods to create wearable items (shoes, scarves, shirts), stitched collages, embellishment pieces (laces, trims, ribbons, buttons), etc. She shows how to incorporate fun textures, use stamps and found objects, and even different forms of tie-dyeing using her techniques with markers and alcohol.

I found that it is quite easy to get a nice variegated color for silk ribbon using this technique and you can easily put some nice edge effects on ribbon or other pieces as well.  This is a very quick and simple way to get some fun colors and patterns; I hope you give it a try.

 

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