Crochet Watercolor – RIT Fabric Dye

05Okay, I admit: this is cheating. Color changes in crochet aren’t that difficult. However, the piece I’m hoping to dye is the peacock (see tab: How to  Filet Crochet).  To make the peacock in color, requires several mid row thread changes; a task altogether too time consuming.

Instead, I experimented with a floral motif using RIT Fabric Dye in a sort of crochet watercolor technique to see if it would work. It does, however, I’m not inclined to jump right in to the peacock; it was an awful lot of work. 😉

These are the steps I took:

1.  Pin motif on cardstock or watercolor paper and lay that on styrofoam. This serves as the easel.03

2.  Mix the RIT Fabric Dye with water in plastic trays. As a general rule, I seldom measure; I’m more likely to toss in a handful of this and a sprinkle of that. So the dye mix is roughly 99% water and 1% dye or basically, fill up the watercolor tray space with water and add just the tip of a baby spoon or literally a pinch. Then swoosh/mix and test on fabric. Better to err on the side of too light than too dark. I used: Sunkissed Orange, Scarlet and Dark Green.04

3. Do both sides. 06

4. Allow to dry. Apply second coat. 08

5. Rinse, allow to dry again. It shouldn’t fade too much, but the water will run colored for a few seconds. Once it’s dry, rinse again. On the 2nd rinse use soap. I used dish soap, but laundry detergent or shampoo would also work.  Rinse until water runs clear. Shape and pin on styrofoam. Allow to dry. Don’t skip the soap, otherwise it might stiffen.

A la Naturelle….


Like everything, skill improves with practice…

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