Readymade Resists

Quite by accident I found out that white on white printed quilting cotton acts as a resist when painted or dyed. I dyed some fabric pieces that I thought were plain white but weren’t, and I was delighted with the results.

My first cheater resist featured tiny flowers, which aren’t quite my cuppa, but they do stand out.

overdyed-purpleThen, a friend found white fabric woven with polka dots that showed up wonderfully when dye was applied. Here I used periwinkle dye.

overdyed-periwinkleBy this time I began to seek out white on white fabrics I could color. At a store in the middle of Ohio corn fields I found white fabric printed with cracked ice patterns. I used Pebeo Setacolor to paint a strip of it. The white fabric behind the aqua is the original fabric.

overpainted-setacolorThe popularity of white printed on white fabric waxes and wanes, so you might not find plentiful possibilities right now.  Here’s what eQuilter offers at present. However, I suspect if you investigate your stash you may find you already own some examples.


Filed under dyeing, Fabric Printing, Techniques

12 responses to “Readymade Resists

  1. These are gorgeous. For whatever reason, I did know that w-o-w would give you a resist pattern. I rarely buy white at all and doubt I have any of the w-o-w in my stash. But it certainly something to watch for. How will you use them? Do you have ideas or was this just experiment for the moment?

    • I’ve used the aqua already and like the idea of custom coloring fabric that has a bit of a textured pattern. My friend is mad for polka dots and has used her dots in a few pieces. I understand why you may not have any w o w in your stash, but someone may offer to give you some and you now may be more inclined to take it.

  2. Penny

    How interesting! I have some leftover fabric called “Fairy Frost” by Michael Miller that I will try with the Setacolor and/or Setasilk. I’m planning a tree/sky themed table runner for a large coffee table, and I can see where that might work nicely–thanks!

    Penny, NE Ohio

  3. How cool is this? I had no idea! BTW, I thought of you last week when I was at weaving school. Two women at our B&B were taking a workshop from a protege of Ruth McDowell, using photos as inspiration for art quilts. They were doing all kinds of experimenting!

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