| Volume 3, Issue 3
I would like to start this newsletter by welcoming all our new readers,
especially those in South Western Ontario. It seems we have about 200
new readers who came by way of Jack and Gerry Pacquette. I know you'll
enjoy this newsletter as many of the other 2500 readers have been doing
for the past three years.
I'm really excited about this edition of G&S NEWS. I've announced
more sales, discounts and free giveaways this time than ever before. Over
the past five years since our move, we've become more responsive to you,
our customers. We've added workshops, another location, started G&S
NEWS, introduced hundreds of new items, provided more sales and most importantly,
we continued to listen to what everyone wanted. I have never remembered
a time in the past 11 years in business where our customers had a viable
alternative to shopping in the US. For our new US customers, the current
exchange has even made it cheaper to buy from Canada (currently $1.00
US buys about $1.50 CDN). I won't rest on our accomplishments and will
continue to add exciting new products in the near future. Just keep reading
G&S News and you'll be the first to hear about everything.
Take care and have a great summer
Day Sale August 15
click here between
Aug 9-14 for sale prices
I kind of forgot to announce many of our memorable milestones for G&S
Dye. The most obvious was our 10th year anniversary last year. But this
year marks 5 years since we moved to our two shops. It's a silly thing
to celebrate, but it's just a reason to hold a sale. So on Saturday, August
15, we shall have a one day markdown sale at our Toronto shop. Everything
will be on sale!!!!
For mail orders, please contact us the week of the sale (Aug 10-14) and
sale prices will be announced to you by email, fax or on the phone. Please
call in your order FRIDAY ONLY to receive sale prices. All mail orders
placed on Saturday WILL NOT qualify.
For those with web access, check out the web
page that will be posted in August;
July: All new circle cards 15% off (see
August: Buy 4oz of FibreEtch for $7.50 (reg.
$14.95) when you purchase at least 1 yard of silk/rayon velvet in white
or black ($25.00/yd)
The Colour Black
I am sure everyone has a pair of black jeans or top that over the years
has started to fade. The first instinct for everyone though is to run
down to the local drug store and pick up a pack of dye (usually Tinfix
or Dylon). After procrastinating for a few days, weeks or years, you finally
get around to dyeing. You mull over the instructions, procrastinate a
few more hours and then you say to yourself "let's get it done!"
So you spend the next 30-60 minutes stirring and following the instructions
to a tee. After the hour, you are covered in black dye. Your current clothes
are stained and your hands are soiled. You finish dyeing the jeans and
dry them. You stand back and admire the great job the dye has done. A
smile comes across your face.
A month later after a few washings, you look at your jeans and have a
feeling of deja vu (please go back to top of article).
So how do we stop this vicious cycle? Do it right the first time! We
currently have the perfect dye in Procion MX. Many of our readers know
about Procion MX dye because they either tie-dye or dye for quilting.
By using our Procion MX dyes instead of drug store brands, you'll be able
to dye once and admire the job for a whole year.
It cost exactly $7.01 after tax for a small jar (25gm) of Cotton Black
MX702 dye and a small pack of fixing agent (60gm of sodium carbonate).
That's enough to recharge a pair of jeans or a couple of T-shirts. It's
a small price extra to pay (Dylon and Tinfix costs about $4-5) to have
it done correctly the first time. I cannot assure that you won't procrastinate
and push off dyeing your jeans after buying the dye, but I know that you'll
be back to buy more dye to recharge your whole wardrobe.
I must thank all our readers who over the past year have renewed their
free LIFETIME subscription to G&S NEWS (just keep me posted if you
move). It has been great to receive all the letters, cards, emails and
Currently, about half of our readers have confirmed their subscription.
My goal is 100% by the end of the year. So when you have a moment or on
your next order could you please remember to drop a quick word whether
you would like to continue receiving G&S NEWS. As an incentive to
confirm your subscription NOW, we
shall be drawing for an AirPen, valued at $120.00 in August. Winner
will be drawn from the list of confirmed subscribers to G&S News.
Don't forget email either. Besides the cost savings, there are great
exclusive sales and promotions. If you aren't currently on the email list,
don't suffer from email envy, switch over!
by Rita Lange
Over the years I have had extensive use of three types of dyes (Dupont,
Procion H and Pebeo Soie). I've found that there are some similarities
and some distinct differences between these three. Dupont dyes, the "Black
Sheep" of the group has a misconception that they are non-toxic.
Although the labels (written in French) give no indication of being toxic
or non-toxic, my experiences have found the fumes given off to be very
overpowering. Fumes also originate from the diluent that you use (50%
alcohol & 50% water). Even with this safety concern, the colours are
extremely bright, even when using it thickened. Dupont is also lightfast
but not as strong as Procion H or Pebeo Soie. Dupont is set by steaming.
Requiring at least 3 hours for all colours. For darker colours it'll require
5-6 hours steaming. There will be a bit of colour loss when initially
washed depending on the colour. They are quite expensive but are perfect
for a professional artist, designer or painter who wants extremely bright
When handling these dyes, I always wore an organic vapour mask and gloves.
I have spoken to other designers that did not wear any protection and
they found they had side effects involving headaches and abdominal pains.
The other two dyes (Procion H and Pebeo Soie) give off no toxic fumes
and dilute with water. With the Procion H dyes, I find the colours to
be very soft and brilliant (and economical). They need less time to set
(about an hour) and can withstand sunlight for the first couple of years.
Even though they set, Procion H dyes lose a bit of colour during the initial
rinse out after steaming, more so than Pebeo Soie and Dupont. I found
using Retayne does decrease it a lot. Another characteristic unique to
Procion H is that there is more movement of colour during the steaming
process. The paper will pick up a lot more dye increasing the chance for
spotting during steaming. Items dyed with Dupont or Pebeo Soie leave very
little dye on the newsprint and emit very little exhaust during rinse
Pebeo dyes are the ultimate dyes to work with. They're non-toxic and
very bright. They are also light fast and wash fast. They do require at
least 3 hours of steaming for best results (I steam for 5). However they
are the most expensive of the three dyes. I have been using these dyes
in my own business.
Shelf life varies and I strongly recommend writing dates on all bottles.
Procion H should be used within the first year after buying. I have older
Procion H that still work though, but the darker colours are the ones
you should look out for, as they weaken the quickest. For Dupont and Soie,
test if older than one year but they should be fine for years. If you
have older stock, remember to do a quick test before starting a new piece.
You will know that your colour has gone bad when you get darker and lighter
areas or excessive exhaust.
- Have fun painting!
- Rita Lange is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design majoring
in Surface Design and specializing in Silk Painting. Upon graduation,
she has painted professionally for fabric design houses as head designer
and painter or through contract work. Recently this year she started
her own design company (Campagnaro Silk Designs). Her work can be seen
in fine hotel gift shops accross Canada or soon to be Chapters Bookstores
(aka Canada versions of Barnes & Noble or Borders).
All these great roads and only so much time. I have had a great response
from a lot of individuals to my offer for travelling workshops this summer.
A few groups have even signed on (Haliburton this past June, London in
July and Windsor in early fall). These workshops are set up for groups
or organizations who are a bit far to make it to Toronto for a couple
of days during our regular winter sessions. That is why I'm bringing the
workshop to you.
For those individuals who aren't able to gather enough participants,
a good idea would be to find your local craft or quilt guild association.
Most guilds run workshops from time to time and would be more accessible.
Maybe you'll be able to then find enough participants in the guild for
me to come down and run one or more of our workshops.
I'd still love to hear from individuals if they are still interested,
especially if willing to host. Currently I have had some interested parties
in Ottawa, Virginia, Ohio, Florida and Michigan. A few more participants
in some of these areas is all it'll take.
Appearing on Life Network's Sue Warden Craftscapes
in the near future are two dear friends, Betty Conlin (Dyeing for
Quilting) and Rita Lange (Batik Dyeing). They follow in the footsteps
of Audry Granthom (Marbling on Fabrics) last year. Including myself (Eye
on Toronto), that makes 4 people who'll haved experienced their 15 minutes
of fame. I'll keep you posted on the airing dates in the next newsletter
when they are announced.
Over the past years we have simplified the dyeing process by using the
microwave to aid in the creation of unique and exciting scarves. Our Mother's
and Father's Day workshops in schools (Grades 2-13) over the years have
been a smashing success. Every year I seem to teach more and more kids.
The microwave can also be used to help speed up the process for tie dyeing
or any dyeing where you are using the batch setting method (direct application).
Instead of batch setting for 48 hours, just pop the item in a microwaveable
bag and into the microwave on high. Microwave cottons for 5 minutes and
silks for 3 minutes. Take out, cool and rinse with Retayne Dye Fixer.
That's it! You've just saved yourself a day or two.
Retayne Dye Fixative
Colour fixative for dyed cotton fabrics. A liquid chemical to permanently
fix the colours. It can be also used to help fix stubborn dye runoff for
Procion MX dyed fabrics. A 120mL bottle fixes around 25 yds.
|| $ 5.00
Hybrid "Milkies" Pens
New colours to our best selling line of pens for fabric or paper. Hybrid
Pens originally were developed for paper but we found through testing
that the inks used were wash fast once ironed. The current line consists
of 10 transparent colours plus 2 semi opaque gold and silver being the
most popular. The 7 new colours that we just added are the new line of
semi-opaque pastel colours.
Note: On paper they are fully opaque with one pass but
due to the absorbent nature of fabric, we notice it took a few extra
passes to become fully opaque.
|| milky yellow
|| milky blue
|| milky orange
| milky pink
|| milky green
|| milky violet
New Chinese Brocades
Our most popular black dragon patterned fabric is back and along with
blue, green, gold and red colours. In total, we have around 30 patterns.
To order a swatch, please send $5.00 and we'll send you a set right away.
We gratefully will send any new styles when they are in. Just drop us
a call from time to time to request them.
It seems that our announcement that the new circle cards were available
was premature (see G&S News - Spring '98). Troubles in production
has delayed us in getting stock. I do apologize for the delay. We expect
them to arrive in late July.
I was recently surprised to hear that Pebeo
has discontinued some colours from the Setacolor Fabric Paint line. We
have been the number one fan of this product and sad to report that the
following are cancelled. Please note that ONLY the 250mL & 1.0L sizes
are affected. The 45mL size in all colours are still available.
| OP16 Mouse Grey
|| OP53 Chamois
| OP55 Greengold
|| FL31 Fluo. Yellow
| FL32 Fluo. Orange
|| FL33 Fluo. Pink
| FL34 Fluo. Green
|| FL35 Fluo. Blue
| OP16 Mouse Grey
|| OP25 Sienna
| OP51 Sanguine
|| OP52 Fawn
| OP53 Chamois
|| OP54 Duck Blue
| OP55 Greengold
|| OP56 Oriental
Dyeing To Quilt $35.95
This book introduces two dyeing methods - one for solid colours
and one for mottled effects. Both can be done in minutes, in a workspace
as small as a card table. This book provides a lot more examples,
projects and variations than Hand Dyed Fabrics Made Easy (still
a great starter book though).
Blueprints On Fabric, by Barbara Hewitt - $23.95
This is a surprisingly simple process by laying feathers, flowers,
lace, photo negatives or almost anything you can think of on treated
fabric, set it out in the sun for a few minutes and then rinse the
fabric in plain water. Very similar to the sun printing technique
used with Setacolor (G&S News Spring '97).
Craft Of Natural Dyeing, by Jenny Dean - $19.95
Expert dyer Jenny Dean shows you how to dye at home, using simple
equipment. There is helpful advice on the mordanting process that
will fix the colours, guidance on light-fastness, plus instructions
on how to use traditional dye stuffs such as woad, indigo, weld
and madder. A little less information than Natural Dyes and Home
Dyeing, but the colour photographs make this a much more useful
Art Of Batik: Flowers & Landscapes by Mary Taylor - $22.95
By 'painting' on cotton with melted wax and dyeing the fabric repeatedly
with cold-water dyes to build up a wide range of colours, the most
beautiful designs can be created, from flowers to sophisticated
landscapes as subtle as any painting. Same publisher as our other
batik book, Introduction to Batik, this book provides more detail
on how to create unique scenarios while still covering the basics.
- Dyes And Paints
- by Elin Noble - $54.95
This comprehensive handbook covers all the fundamentals of dyeing
and colouring fabric with Procion MX fiber-reactive dyes and with
textile paints. Many of the techniques can also be adapted for yarn,
ribbon, paper, basket reed and even wood. Another kaleidoscope of
dyeing techniques, but I think Elin's strength in using Procion
MX dyes is demonstrated, as the majority of this book deals with
different uses with dyes.
- Transforming Fabrics; by Carolyn Dahl - $45.95
The fourth comprehensive book introduced this year. Besides the
usual dyeing, marbling, screening segments, this book teaches about
Shibori (Japanese tie-dye), Gyotaku (fish printing), background
washes, devore (burn-out with Fibre-Etch), stencil stitching, braiding
and compression techniques. One very cool technique is the rain
patterning. This technique harnesses the rain. I think this book
really stands out, if you are looking more for patterning with dyes
instead of paints
How To Print T-shirts for fun and Profit - $62.95
The most complete reference work on printing T-shirts. Learn how
to create artwork, how to print detailed prints on all types of
shirts and how to market them and make money. T-shirts are at the
forefront of screen printing so although geared to a T-shirt business
start up, you'll find the techniques very relevant for all types
of printing. Schematic for building 4 colour press and light table
Fabric Dyeing And Printing, by Kate Wells - $59.95
Carefully guides you through the choices of fabrics, the vast range
of dye recipes and the profusion of printing techniques. With patterning
options detailed in step-by-step photography, this book enables
you to work through more than thirty key techniques. Again which
would you choose? Complex Cloth or this one? Both are equally detailed,
but it comes down to personal preference.
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G&S News - Summer '98