13 Apr

Discharge Project

Somewhere along the way, I decided I wanted a border of “stacked logs” for my current quilt, and I would achieve it by discharging fabric. I have had about 2 yards of black fabric (made especially for discharge) for a few years now and I was very excited at the prospects of finally using it. When the discharge paste came in the mail I couldn’t wait to try it out. I gathered up a bunch of stuff that might make good log patterns:

Stamping Tools

I’m quite tickled with my use of weather stripping tape to make a stamp. I tried all my mark-making tools on a scrap of the black, but they just didn’t have the drama of the tie-dyied sample, so I stamped over some of the areas. Still not what I was looking for, so I pulled out a scrap of a favorite brown fabric and voilá, the contrast I was hoping for:

Test Fabrics

Today, I gathered up several possible fabrics and started stamping away:

Stamping with Discharge Paste

My first attempt ended up being a bit heavy-handed so I used a handy fabric stamp pad and added “logs” back in. I think it helped a lot and I’ll probably even add some more detail with a black pen as well.
Stamping after discharging

Here’s the fruits of today’s labors. They are in the wash now; and when they’re out I’ll see what I’ve really ended up with. Then it’s off to the design wall to unite them with the rest of my forest.

Four Discharged Fabrics

I really like the bottom one, but, of course, it’s the smallest bit of fabric. I think I can get more of the original fabric, but then that would kind of defeat the quilty purpose of using the fabrics in my stash. One would think that with a stash like mine I could surely find enough fabrics to make a fine quilt. Most likely, I’ll get them all up on the design wall and find a way to piece them together and it will end up looking lovely .

UPDATE: Arghhh, the stamping washed out even though I had ironed it (I probably should have let it “cure”). What to do, what to do? If I redo the stamping, I’ll definitely cut first and stamp later so I don’t have to do so much. I’ll try paint too, since I have brown fabric paint here. Maybe a little darker. Yea, and I’ll probably go to the craft shop and see if they have more of that fave brown fabric.

5 thoughts on “Discharge Project

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  2. Ah, honey — it’s sooooo perty! I love that you managed to include some hot-gluing in there, too. Quilting, stamping, and hot glue — it’s a trifecta! How did you manage to take all those photos of your work in progress and not once capture a frappuccino in the background?

  3. Was it cotton? If so, you might have better luck with a chlorine based cleaner like softscrub or Sunlight dishwashing gel. I prefer softscrub. You can also use chlorine bleach, but work in a very well-vetilated area. You also need to sciur the fabric before doing surface design. Wash it well in something like Synthrapol or Dawn detergent. With the chlorine based discharge, you do not iron it until it has been washed – this is VERY IMPORTANT!! And keep a close eye on it because if you let it sit too long, it will eat the fabric!!

    Also, another hint with the discharge paste – don’t let it cure. Stamp a small area and then iron (steam!) the heck out of it and then do another area.

    I loved the bottom one, too.

  4. When I first read “stacks of logs” I was thinking a whole bunch of two inch strips of fabric all sew together…. as in log cabin quilt square. Isn’t that odd and funny that I would go to the traditional idea first when really I’m an arty girl at heart? Anyway, now I know what you mean by stacks of logs and I’m loving it!

  5. Wow! Gerrrie DID learn a lot in her Jane Dunnewold workshop.

    It looks like you have been learning a lot with this project. Thanks for sharing the process. I’ve been gelatin printing and stamping in a dark basement, too!

    Looking forward to seeing the finished product. I like that you take your time on your pieces (like the Hexogonal Quilt)…it shows.

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