I first started dyeing fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in 2015 when I was a stockist, and blogged about it at the time. Since having had a change of website I have swapped the blog post onto here and updated it a bit…..
For this project I used some vintage family napkins of different sizes and shapes – I love that they don’t match.
As often happens, creativity overtakes preparation, so, armed with the vintage napkins I planned to dye, my only vessel easily to hand was the dogs water bowl…… With one pint of warmish water to one full teaspoon ish of Emperor’s Silk, I stirred the mixture around, maybe not enough stirring, or maybe the old napkin I was dyeing had an old stain which resulted in a darker tone/mark to part of the fabric, anyway, I was happy with the resulting cerise shade.
All of this was done in the sink, and I also let the napkins drip dry over the sink as there is quite a lot of colour running at this stage. I then progressed to Aubusson, which once dried also had a dark patch, probably for the same reason. Personally I really like the way the fabric looks uneven, giving it a worn, aged look. The photograph doesn’t really do the darkness of the blue justice, but next time I do this I will add more Aubusson to the mix to get a stronger blue.
Next came Provence, and my favourite result of the three, giving me a duck-egg coloured finish with the look of a well washed and used napkin – I was very pleased with this one but sadly can’t find a picture of it on its own – here are all three though
To read about Annie Sloan herself dyeing fabric check out her book Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture page 36.
My lessons learned:-
Thoroughly stir your paint and water mix whilst the fabric is in it, (I didn’t do this enough with may be a cause of the patches).
Dry your dyed material completely before washing in a machine. When I did wash mine it was at 30C and I used non-bio powder.
Originally posted in June 2015