How to make them!
• To start, rip your pre-washed linen into 13 x 18 inch pieces, leaving a raw edge. To rip linen, make a small 1/4-inch cut on the edge of the fabric with a scissors and then tear so that the linen rips along the grain of the weave.
• Combine 2 teaspoons of dye and a small amount of water in plastic cup. Stir with wood stick to create a paste and completely dissolve dye (this step prevents "freckles" of undissolved dye on finished piece.)
• Combine dye mix with about 8 cups of water, ½ cup salt, and 2 tablespoons of soda ash in the plastic tub. (Or follow more precise dyeing instructions on the Dharma site.) Stir with plastic spoon until everything is completely dissolved.
• Hold placemat above plastic tray and lower one end into dye bath, keeping as straight as possible. Submerge about 2-3 inches and let dye penetrate for a minute.
• Remove fabric and set on a piece of plastic to dry. The dye will continue creeping up the fabric a bit while drying.
• Repeat previous steps with second dye color and dip dye opposite edge of placemat.
• Rinse each end in cold water and then wash the whole placemat in warm water with detergent. Hang to dry.
So, will you be trying these out? Experiment with a bunch of colors and send me pics!
This tutorial was provided by Bri Emery, from her site designlovefest.
what you'll need:
Heavy weight linen fabric (one placemat = 13×18")
Fabric dye (we used Fiber Reactive Procion dye in Bubble Gum and Elephant Grey from Dharma Trading Co.)
Soda Ash and salt (for Procion dye; for Rit Dye follow instructions on packaging)
Two plastic cups
Two wood craft sticks
Measuring spoon (do not use utensils also used for cooking with dye)