In the books I have in my stash, there are three references to dyeing polyester:
- Brackmann, Holly ‘The Surface Designer’s Handbook’ – chapter 7
- Dahl, Carolyn ‘Transforming Fabric’ – chapter 8
- Proctor, Richard M, and Jennifer Lew ‘Surface Design for Fabric’ – page 42 – 43
I have two more sources for information on disperse dyes: the first is a book by Linda Kemshall, “Color Moves, Transfer Paints on Fabric” published by That Patchwork Place (Martingale?), C. 2001. Explains a lot of the ways to “play” with these dyes. (http://www.amazon.com/Color-Moves-Transfer-Paints-Fabric/dp/1564773418/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1290198560&sr=1-2) Under $10.
The second is a booklet by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, “Transfer to Transform.” This is one of their earlier booklets (about 20 pages, I think) and is available from Quilting Arts or Amazon $16-21. There is nothing in the notes from the 2 classes I have had with Lisa [Grey] about other reference books; she probably knows the most of just about anyone about these dyes, and is a great teacher.
I also saw that there is a disperse dye class being offered at the SDA conference in Minneapolis next June.I have also purchased some of the colors from ALJO (http://www.aljodye.com/main.html) that are different from what Pro-Chem offers – no affiliation.
Jaquard also has dyes filtered very fine for printers. since they are acid and reactive dyes they need to be steamed – whereas textile pigments do not. disperse dyes need a heat set but not necessarily steam.
Imagery on Fabric by Jean Ray Laury also has a section on disperse dyes as well as transfer papers (which is just paper that is coated with disperse dye). A couple of times, I’ve lucked into acquiring some transfer papers, and they are fun to play with – got them at a thrift shop and a fabric store that holds onto everything it ever carried – nothing is clearanced! My good fortune to find them. I find the transfer papers are much more intense than the papers I paint with the disperse dye. Might be a function of how I’ve mixed? I do try to follow directions tho…. so maybe the papers are just brighter. —nan
Thanks to you too, Nan!
I have learned a lot from Lisa Grey through a few emails and a phone call. Here’s a link to her class description: http://www.lisagrey.com/Lisa_Grey/Printing_DD.html – be sure to click on the “student work” link at the bottom.
And don’t miss the work of Barbara Barrick McKie at http://www.mckieart.com/!
**I have never done any of my polyester this way. It is all direct application of dyes, either regular or thickened, allowed to dry and heat pressed. The thickened dye is more frugal – all the color is on the ‘right’ side (important with NuSuede), with the back remaining white. I also don’t do heat transfers, because I do 3 – 4 yard pieces and want fairly consistent results. Have yet to do any screen printing – I’ve never gotten into that.