Monday, August 23, 2010
Designing with Bleach
Here's another method of designing your own fabric. This is another of those "magical" processes that children love! Try this with your kids or grandkids, but be sure to put old clothing on them first!
Some of the leaves in this applique have been enhanced with bleach to make them look more like pathos ivy.
This photo shows just a small example of what you can do with bleach, something to apply it with and a fabric that will react to the bleach. (Years ago, a teacher I worked with gave each child a square of denim and let them make a design with bleach. She later had a mother sew the squares together. It made a great little quilt designed by her students!)
After experimenting a little, you will find that there is a LOT more you can do . Some cleaning gels contain bleach and will also work. You can also change the color of a fabric that is too bright for your project by bleaching it out. Children love seeing their name magically appear on a dark fabric. Give it a try! There are no rules keeping you from changing a fabric to fit your use. This is a great day to have some fun!