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Re: BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - 18 Jul 1996 to 19 Jul 1996
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- Subject: Re: BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - 18 Jul 1996 to 19 Jul 1996
- From: Neil Kohl <neilkohl@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 21:11:45 -0500
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On Thu, 18 Jul 1996, Hedi Kyle wrote:
> I am in the process of dyeing some airplane linen and cotton muslin
> to use for cloth rebackings of 19th century publishers bindings.
> Would anyone like to share their technigue with me. I have used
> both acrylic paint and Dr. Martins dyes. I am also interested in
> how you allow them to dry (on plexi, hung, stretched) and if you
> add anything to the dye especially so it doesn't run or fade.
> denise carbone, assistant conservator
> American Philosophical Society
> E-mail: hkyle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I have not done any dyeing for bookarts end-uses, but with mucho experience in
fabric dyes and paints, I would suggest getting the Dharma Trading Co.'s
free catalog (800) 542-5227. It is much more descriptive and user-friendly
than the Prochem catalog. Dr. Martin's "dyes" are a bit of a misnomer, I
believe. They are really just a concentrated watercolor, and are very
fugitive. The procion dyes that someone suggested to you are a good
multi-purpose professional textile
dye for all non-synthetic fibers. They need auxillary chemicals and are a
bit tricky at first. You may be better off with an all inclusive fabric
paint which you can brush on and air dry. I would try one that has a thin
consistency, like Setacolor flowable fabric paint by Pebeo, Jaquard Textile
Colors, or Dye-na-Flow. All are available from Dharma. Also you can find
some of these at Utrecht or Taws here in Philly. Good luck!
915 spring garden st.