Monday, May 01, 2006

Prepared For Dye Cloth

The cloth I ordered is called PFD cloth. Those three letters stand for "prepared for dyeing". It means there is no finishes on the cloth like premapress on it. It still needs to be washed before it can be dyed. The washing removes any oils from the cloth and opens up the fibers making them more receptive to dye molecules. I spent about an hour today tearing up the cloth. Then I washed it. I like to tear it into fat eights, fat quarters, yards and half yards. First I tear off the selvages and then I make what ever size I want. That way I don't have to cut it after I dye it. I can visualize the design of the whole piece as I lay it out on my rusty stuff.
Now that the fabric is all washed, dried and sorted by size,it really is prepared for dyeing.

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