Discharging Color from a Piece of Linen with a Potato Stamp
I chose to try discharging on a piece of solid black linen as discharging works best on cellulose fibres that are of a solid color.
Start off by preparing your fabric. Iron the piece.
Prepare a stamp by slicing a potato in half and then carve the potato. Here, I made a heart shape.
Here, I made a zigzag to try and achieve a chevron pattern.
Prepare a “stamp pad” by pouring some bleach into a container and adding a few layers of paper towel.
Dab stamp into stamp pad.
Press stamp onto the fabric and hold for two to three seconds. You will the results of the bleach work right away.
Continue stamping to achieve desired results.
Discharging Color Results
The discharging activity worked according to plan. The results were a little more instantaneous than I anticipated which made for some instant gratification making the project all the more fun. The linen (cellulose based) really reacted to the bleach and lost its color quickly resulting in a brownish orange which contrasted nicely against the black.
Sources for Useful Instruction on Discharging Color
Threads: Dying with Bleach (http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3720/dyeing-with-bleach/page/all)
“Plenty of Paprika: How to Stamp with Bleach on Fabric” (http://plentyofpaprika.blogspot.ca/2014/06/how-to-stamp-with-bleach-on-fabric.html)
Discharging Color Class Activity
Textile Arts and Design 7
- Unit 1 in Textile Arts and Design 7 is “Textile Arts and Design.”
- General Curriculum Outcome: Students will be expected to demonstrate the impact of textile art and design on our daily lives.
- Specific Curriculum Outcome 1.2: Students will be expected to use an embellishment technique to add personal expression to a textile item.
- Demonstrate their understanding of appropriate design choice by creating a design for clothing embellishment. Teacher will display samples or pictures of dying/ discharging.
- Students identify their first impression created by the image.
- Students will bring in a t- shirt to either dye or discharge.
- Nova Scotia Department of Education Curriculum: Textile Arts and Design 7 (Draft)