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Thioux moment

I am supposed to be doing all sorts of admin jobs at the moment but needed a break so I am playing with Thioux or as my packet says Spectralite.  I have some as it is an ingredient of Indigo vats. But I had never used it to discharge.  I have now and I am surprised that I have any black cloth left. I love the effect!!

Thioux IKEA 1

Thioux IKEA – over cooked this one. I will need to work back into it.

Thioux IKEA Moth

Thioux IKEA Moth – the effect is like a moth with its wings folded

Thioux Makower

Thioux Makower – a different fabric

Have a go – very easy – 1 part Spectralite to 4 parts soda ash and heat up til almost boiling and throw in the scrunched up and bound fabric. Take it out before you think is discharged as it looks only part discharged when it is actually ready.


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Current project

I have begun a new project for an exhibition in October. The title of the exhibition is “Unfolding Stories” so I am making patches which were intended to become a book. As usual, I haven’t worked out how I am going to construct the book and am not actually sure that is the right format for the patches but here are the first two patches:


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Yesterday, Mandi came to play for the day. She doesn’t usually work in black so discharging was mostly new for her.

We had thick and thin bleach, Jacquard Discharge paste and thick and thin formosul.  The thin bleach was very cheap bleach – I think mostly water as the results were not good.  Lesson – don’t buy cheap bleach for discharging fabric!!  Mandi was good and sampled all five with a number of different fabrics – I just played with some larger pieces and credit carded one in formosul and one in thick bleach, both on linen. Here are the results with some small cut offs:

Hopefully, Mandi will blog her samples – here is her address – www.mandijbainbridge.blogspot.com

Now for some sewing!

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