| Volume 3, Issue 4
- I am starting this newsletter a bit late this time since I was in
Calgary in late September for the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival.
As I look out to the great weather we are still having, I wonder what
this November and winter will bring. El Nino has been kind to us this
past year in Toronto. Maybe it will be time for the weather (La Nina)
to take its revenge. I won't complain because it'll bring snowboarding
season a lot sooner (substance free of course).
- As for products, I think over the next year, we'll focus more on education
and accessibility. We have introduced so many great products that it
is time to educate everyone how to use them more efficiently. My travelling
workshops this summer were a lot of fun and I hope that it will become
an all year round program. Our winter workshop schedule is out (see
inside) for those in our vicinity. There are also so many schools to
visit and many art and supply stores in your area too. For accessibility,
we believe that customers will love the convenience of walking into
their local shops to pick up G&S products. As mentioned in the past,
you can already find them at select shops in Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba
and Nova Scotia. The list will only get longer in the coming months
- See you on the slopes!
- - Inspired From Notes By Betty Conlin
- The quilting artists have been leading surface design of late. Attested
by books like Complex Cloth, Dyes and Paints, Transforming Fabrics and
Fabric Dyeing and Printing that have all come out in the past few years.
These books introduced multiple techniques on how to dye, paint, stamp,
print, screen, stencil and create one-of-a-kind coloured and textured
fabrics. One of the more popular sections has been with dyeing. The
following are excerpts from class notes by Betty Conlin, a prominent
Canadian quilter. There will be many other techniques introduced here
in G&S News, so look towards future editions for more techniques.
- Topics Covered
- Rainbow Dyeing
- Gradation Dyeing
- Materials Used (see formulas to determine
- Procion 'MX' Fiber Reactive Dye
- Sodium Carbonate & Urea
- Measuring cup, measuring spoons and stirring sticks
- Non Iodized salt (sea salt / pickling
- Zip-lock bags or plastic containers.
- Masks (Required when mixing powder dyes only. Dyes are relatively
safe when in liquid form).
- Gloves and Apron
- TNA Soap (Synthrapol® or Lissapol
will be good too).
- Large aluminum roasting pan
- Making Stock Solutions
- Please note that the following solutions can be shrunk proportionally.
Also instructions here are slightly different than those previously
written by us. We have just added more detail and simplified it ths
- Prewash Fabrics
- l Prewash all fabrics with TNA Soap (similar to Synthrapol®) in
a washing machine to remove all sizing and dirt. TNA Soap is specially
formulated to not only remove all the dirt and sizing but to also easily
rinse out of the fabrics to assure good dyeing.
- l Use approximately 60mL in a washing machine to prewash approximately
20 yds of light weight cotton. Dry fabric.
- - continued on page 2
- Presoak Solution (makes 4.0L) - direct
- application only.
- Dissolve 250gm Sodium Carbonate and 1 cups salt in 4.0L of hot tap
water. Solution can be stored in a seal container for two months after
- Chemical Water (makes 1.0L)
- Mix 10 tsp urea to 1.0L of hot tap water. Use this solution to dilute
dye solution further or for Gradation Dyeing Technique.
- Dye Solutions (makes 1.0L) -
direct application only.
- l dissolve 25gm dye in 1.0L Chemical Water (as noted, amounts can
be proportionatly reduced ie. you can mix one cup or 2 cups at a time).
- l add a few drops of TNA Soap also. In this incident the soap will
act as a wetting agent to help break the surface tension of the fabric
and allow the dye to enter the fabric easier.
- l Solution can be saved for 1 month but it is ideal to use within
- fat quarter = approx 400 square inches
- 25gm of dye = approximately 6-8 tsp
- 1.0L of water = 4 cups
- 3 tsp = 1 Tbsp
- Rainbow Dyeing
- 1. Precut fabric and soak in Presoak Solution for 15 minutes.
- 2. Use 12 zip-lock bags and pour the following amounts of dye into
each one. Please note that red, yellow and blue are general colour definition.
Red could be scarlet or fuchsia, Blue could be marine or turquoise and
Yellow could be either golden yellow or bright yellow. Using different
primary colours will give you a different colour wheel.
- 1/2 cup = 125mL
- 1/3 cup = 83mL
| 1/2 cup red
|| 1/2 cup yellow
|| 1/2 cup blue
| 1/3 cup red & 2 Tbsp yellow
|| 1/3 cup yellow & 2 Tbsp blue
|| 1/2 cup blue & 2 Tbsp red
| 2 Tbsp red & 1/3 cup yellow
|| 2 Tbsp yellow & 1/2 cup blue
|| 1/4 cup blue & 1/3 cup red
| 2 tsp red & 1/2 yellow
|| 2 tsp yellow & 1/2 cup blue
|| 2 Tbsp blue & 1/2 cup red
- 3. Take fabrics out of presoak solution and squeeze excess back into
bucket and put one piece into each bag of dye. Seal bag
- 4. Move dye around in bag for a minute and let stand.
- 5. Agitate bag every five minutes for the next 60 minutes.
- 6. Let stand in bag for 24-48 hours.
- 7. Take out and rinse under luke warm water until water is clear.
- 8. If a lot dye is still prevalent in rinse water, process with Raycafix
Fixing Agent (see last edition of G&S news).
- 9. Wash fabrics in TNA Soap
- 10. Dry & iron. Fabric is now ready to be used in your creations
- Gradation Dyeing
- 1. Precut fabric and soak in Presoak Solution for 15 minutes
- 2. Place 8 zip-lock bags (or glass jars) on the table numbered #1-8.
Place bags in pan to protect in case of leakage.
- 3. Pour 1/2 cup of dye solution into a cup and add 1/2 cup of chemical
- 4. Pour 1/2 cup of this solution into a bag or jar and labeled Bag
- 5. With the remaining 1/2 cup solution, add another 1/2 cup of chemical
water to this solution.
- 6. Pour 1/2 cup of the new mixed solution into Bag #2 and with the
remaining 1/2 cup, add another 1/2 cup of chemical water to this cup.
- 7. Keep repeating this until Bag #8 depending how much you want to
extend the gradation.
- 8. Take fabrics out of presoak solution and squeeze excess back into
bucket and put one piece into each jar of dye.
- 9. Move dye around in jar for a minute and let stand.
- 10. Agitate bag every few minutes
- 11. Let items stand in bags for 24-48 hours.
- 12. Take out and rinse under luke warm water until water is clear.
- 13. If a lot dye is still prevalent in rinse water, process with Raycafix
Dye Fix (formerly Retayne)
- 14. Wash fabrics in TNA Soap
- 15. Dry, iron and fabric is now ready to be used in your creations
Dyes, Paints and Chemicals
- There have been many questions regarding safety in handling dyes,
paints and chemicals. The following are some basic common sense rules.
- You should clean up your work area afterward. I find liquid "Vim"
to be very effective.
- NEVER eat in your work area.
- Purchase separate containers or utensils for your dyes, paints and
chemicals. If possible, stainless steel is recommended, but plastic
is usually fine.
- Always work in a well ventilated area but avoid drafty areas as this
will cause powders to become airbourne.
- ALWAYS wear a dust mask when handling powdered dye or chemical. Any
dust exposure is potentially harmful.
- Although most people don't seem to have a reaction to the dyes, the
solutions are generally basic (PH level of 9-12). Gloves are highly
recommend, first to avoid staining and secondly to avoid potential allergic
- Any dye stains on hands with Procion MX are usually removed with Reduran
Hand Cleaner. If you do not have this soap product, the stains usually
will disappear within a few days through normal activities such as washing
your hair or dishes.
- When in emergency, please refer to the MSDS for proper safety procedures
or contact your physician when in doubt.
- Pre-Resisted Silks
|I have never been more excited about a new product than these
new scraves, cards and hankies. All you have to do is place silk
on a frame and paint. No more clogged resist bottles and no more
blobs, just perfect clean lines. Currently we have 12 designs
in various iterations; cards, square, oblong and hankies. We shall
be adding new styles every few months so keep coming back to see
the late Another way to keep informed is to joine our email mailing
list. Just email us tobe added.
click titles to see samples
Scarves 90 cm x 90 cm (35"
x 35") 5mm Pongee Silk - $14.95
Scarves 45 cm x 180 cm (18" x 71") 5mm Pongee Silk
- Flourish - available in mid Dec / 98
- Isabelle - available in mid Dec / 98
Scarves 28 cm x 28cm (11" x11") 5mm Pongee Silk
- Aratas - available in mid Dec / 98
Cards 15 cm x 21 cm (6" x 8 1/4 ") 5mm Pongee Silk
- $13.95 (4 styles/cards in each package)
- Clown Fish
- Colibri - available in mid Dec / 98
- Pond - available in mid Dec / 98
- DEKA TRANSFER INKS
- Deka Iron-On makes it easier than ever to be a textile artist! Just
apply this waterbased paint to plain paper, let it dry and iron your
own design onto synthetic fabrics (or blends with at least 60% synthetic
content). Each transfer can be used repeatedly.
- $4.50 / each (adjusted 2/17/2000) for 30mL jar.
- Blue, Red,
- Green Yellow
- Black Purple
- Chinese Brocade
- As with every edition, we seem to be adding more and more styles.
The count is up to around 30 styles now. All the new styles contain
very strong colours (black, scarlet, red, turquoise, teal green, marine
blue) with gold threading and embroidery.
(600 K page)
- Press-on Gold Foiling
- This special gold foiling works with special iron-on transfer as found
in our Paint Your Own T-shirt book (NOT for PARO paper). By ironing
on top of the transfer, it'll allow one to create gold borders. Sold
by individual sheets (12" x 20") for $4.95 each.
- Our one day sale on August 15, 1998 was a resounding success. It seems
great prices are a sure way to make contact with everyone. Although
this sale was the first in our 11 year history, it doesn't mean great
deals won't be offered from time to time. Keep reading G&S news
to keep up with the latest and best sale information.
- November: All remaining 6mm scarves are
30% off. The supply is quite limited. They'll be sold on a first come
first serve basis. Please note number of scarves available.
|| Approx Avail.
|| Reg Price
|| Sale Price
|| 100 pcs
|| 200 pcs
| 8"x54" pt
|| 100 pcs
- December: Our famous Year End Book Sale!
Perfect for holiday gift giving. All books will be 15% off. Reminder
to all Ontario residents, there is no PST charged for books.
PAYING FOR YOUR ORDER?
- We now accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB and
C.O.D. (Canada only for C.O.D.). If you are shopping in person at the
Toronto store we even accept Interac (debit card). For mail order we
recommend payment by credit card to avoid C.O.D. charges which usually
add $4-6 (average) on top of all charges. If credit card and C.O.D.
aren't an option for you, we usually accept prepayment by cheque, money
order or certified check. Prepayment usually slows down your order since
we'll have to contact you with the total invoice amount, wait for your
payment and upon receipt wait until payment has cleared before mailing
- For our US Customers
- Please note that all prices are in Canadian dollars. We do not bill
in US dollars! Our invoices and credit card slips may have a larger
amount, but we assure you that this is a Canadian denomination. Your
credit card company will convert for you on your statement.
- It seems that converting to CDN $ is quite foreign to many customers.
An easy way to calculate the equivalent in US $ is to take a third off
the CDN price (exchange as of 9/1/98) and the new total is the US$ amount
- Example: $10.00 CDN less 1/3 = $6.67 USD
- Please expect constant fluctuations throughout the year, but this
year the Canadian dollar has dropped over 10% in relation to the US
dollar. That means products have indirectly become 10% cheaper to US
- If you are viewing this page in the frame, our
web site now has a currency calculator. Just type in the Canadian amount
and the calculator will automatically calculate the US$ equivilent.
You can also exchange CDN $ into French Francs, German Marks, Australian
- After a spring and summer sabbatical, we are ready to start our workshops
again. To add a little excitement, we've added a couple new workshops.
All classes are at our Markham location - click
for map * (pick up and drop off at a subway station can be arranged)
on Saturdays between 10-4 (except Textile Design Class) and all materials
are included. Prepayment is required and we recommend enrolling at least
a month in advance.
- Introduction To Silk Painting
- Dixon Chan - $35.00 + GST = $37.45
- Nov. 21st, Jan. 23rd, March 27
- A comprehensive introduction to the art of silk painting. We shall
introduce framing, dyes/paints used, colour mixing, resist, watermarking,
salting, colour blending and steam setting. Students will complete a
silk scarf and some sample pieces.
- Advanced Silk Painting
- Rita Lange - $65.00 + GST = $69.55
- February 6th
- The course expands on perfecting techniques in control and detail.
Techniques covered are blending, watercolor techniques, anti-spreading,
thickeners, poly-chromatic printing, and visualization skills. This
hands on course will emphasize on techniques rather than finishing a
complete project. Students will complet a silk scarf along with some
sample pieces of various fabrics.
- Dyeing Fabrics for Quilting
- Dixon Chan - $65.00 + GST = $69.55
- February 20th
- Hands on dyeing courses for quilters. Learn the proper use of dyes
for all types of fabrics, washes, blends, solid colours and gradations,
to create one-of-a-kind patterns on fabrics. Students will dye approximately
3 yds of cotton - included.
- Devore and Discharge with Stencils
- Dixon Chan - $50.00 + GST = $53.50
- December 5, March 6th
- A new class exploring these two wonderful and easy techniques. Using
FiberEtch to burn out fabrics and different types of discharging agents
for "bleaching" fabrics, you'll have lots of fun creating
unique and interesting designs on fabrics. Sudents will complete multiple
samples on velvet, cotton and blends.
- Marbling on Fabrics
- Dixon Chan - $50.00 + GST = $53.50
- March 20th
- Marbling is an ancient printing technique that has recently been revitalized
as an unique and easy way of decorating all sorts of fabric. A hands
on opportunity to go through different styles of marbling. We shall
cover preparation, inks, equipment, fabrics, paper and control. Students
will complete a scraf, along with a greeting card and multiple sample
- Screen Printing & Heat Transfers
- with Dixon Chan - $250.00 + GST (for up to 3 people) - private, please
call for bookings. We cover up to date processes adopting multiple stencil
making techniques, screens, exposing, preparation, printing techniques,
and photo copy transfers. Bring photos, images, objects or anything
you would like to print. Students will complete 3 T-shirts each and
have the opportunity to buy their screens and equipment for a discou
- Parent and Child Textile Design *
- with Dixon Chan and Rita Lange
- class held during the week in Toronto - location
- 2 days during March Break
- A multi-project kaleidoscope of activities. Professional techniques
cov are screen printing, stencilling, silk painting, marbling, batik,
microwave dyeing and batik. Multiple finished projects will be completed
at the end of each day. As a parent & child day, both parties will
get the most out of learning together. We ran this workshop this past
spring at the Riverdale Farm and it was a resounding success. Each segment
completes a finished product, be it; scarves, banner, hanging, greeting
- $95.00 + GST for 1 parent and 1 child
- $35.00 + GST for each additional child.
- Sorry no individual adult or child allowed.
- As mentioned last edition, we were choosing a winner for all those
who had confirmed their subscription of G&S NEWS. Of the 675 eligible
entrants, we have chosen;
- Linda Shantz of Haliburton, Ontario
- Congratulations! To claim your prize, please contact us and we'll
arrange the delivery.
- Our G&S Dye web site has undergone a couple of great changes.
Firstly, we have changed the site address to make it easier to remember
and find. It is now;
- The second change/addition is the site itself. Our menus and newly
posted information sheets only make it a more enjoyable experience.
We even have a calculator to help you convert to American Dollars for
our American friends (Other countries also are available). With the
dollar getting cheaper lately, many of our products are now significantly
cheaper than in the States.
Apple Computer's iMac
- Most of my customers know that I am an avid Apple convert. NO debates
here of which one is better. Although I have my preference, I believe
both platforms now have clear advantages AND disadvantages.
- I am writing this little blurb at the end of this newsletter for those
interested in getting a new computer as an upgrade or for an absolute
I know many of our G&S NEWS readers are still not hooked up to the
Internet. I'd like to change that. I have in the past helped many of our
readers with unbiased advice (I don't sell computers) on how to start
and get involved (set up a few web pages also). During this past August,
Apple Computer introduced the most convincing,
easiest and gorgeous computer (iMac) that I have no hesitation to recommend
to my friends, family and customers to help get them on line. Check it
out at your local Computer City, CompUSA or speciality Apple dealer.
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G&S News - Oct '98