Quilting Arts Magazine October-November 2012

15 Oct

I got my copy the other day and was thrilled to see two brilliant articles featuring Marcia Derse.  She dyes her own fabric and now does this commercially too.  Great inspiration again, I can’t wait to start playing with hand dyeing some of my own.

Another question – what would be the best fabric to start with – unbleached calico or muslin.  I’ve been searching around and it seems that Marcia uses muslin but here in the UK this is a fine and open weave which might not have the durability for quilting.  Any thoughts?


6 Responses to “Quilting Arts Magazine October-November 2012”

  1. Teri Lucas Terificreations October 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    if you can get what I believe you call calico weight cotton that is the same thing as the muslin that Marcia uses in her dying. Here in the states we can get white and pfd (prepared for dying).

    • diannajessie October 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      Thanks for clearing this up in my head – I was getting confused. Now I know to buy calico:)

      • Teri Lucas Terificreations October 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

        You’re quite welcome!

  2. libbyQ October 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    i just had a brief look at my copy of Quilting Arts this a.m. and decided to pop over and let you know . . . i’m glad that you have access to it as this does look like a good article. i noticed that the “Resources” list is a good one~!
    when i wrote that you can overdye the fabrics if you are not completely happy with them this is what i had in mind. of course, you can also do it on pieces that you do like and just want to take a bit further

    i’m a bit confused by the terminology differences in regards to fabric between the U.S. and the U.K.
    i use a PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric. there are a few choices available but i’ve always used Kona Cottons and like the outcome.


    • diannajessie October 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

      Thank you Libby, this is all very helpful. I think I might start with Calico cotton, you can get varying qualities over here. They are reasonably priced and this is big plus about it too. I’m going to get ordering some small dyes and fabric now – then the fun will begin!

  3. Rosemary Rush October 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    Hi DJ,
    Americans call calico muslin . I am not sure what they call the open weave fabric which we call muslin. Calico is an excellent start to dye . I use either a white cotton ‘Homespun’ or a fabric with a closer weave.If you can get what is called Kona cotton in the USA that is excellent .It is a very fine cotton(200 threads per square inch ) and dyes beautifully. There is a fabric ,online place in the USA called Hancocks . YOu will be amazed at their range and not too expensive
    Happy fabric hunting .

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