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Surface Design Group

This is a group of local artists and quilters who are exploring non-traditional quilting and textile art techniques. They meet the third or fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM. Hyderhangout is generous in letting this group meet in their classroom at no charge. There is no charge for coming to this group. The members of the group pitch in with supplies out of their own stashes. Come join us and bring new ideas and techniques to explore.

The 2014 calendar is at the shop so come sign up for the subject you would like to present. We meed some new and exciting ideas.   This Month we will be Roller Printing on Fabric with Stamps made from Foam and Egg Crates.

Check out their website here

The experimentation for March 2014 is Chenille and Odd Applique technigues. Bring a couple of fat qurters printed that complement each other and a plain background fabric. Bring your machine and sewing box as we will be doing both machne and hand sewing to explore chenille and applique techinques. Presented this month by Cecile Broz

August 2012 was a demo by Ana Hernandez. Subject matter was a surprise, but judging by what Ana has done in the past it should be a wonderful time. We learned how to make permanent fabric like material out of paper napkins and 606 spray. We noe carry the spray in our shop.

  September 2012 meeting was  Introduction to Batik. Karen presented and brought all ot the things needed.  Some of us had not done this before, so we were all experimenting.

May 2012 meeting color remover experimentation.

January 16, 2012
Cloth Paper Scissors Today

Color Remover Makes a Splash

Leave it to artists to turn mundane items like laundry products into fabric art materials. Artists look at used dryer sheets and wonder, “Could I stitch through this?” They peel lint from the lint screen and think, “Free batting.” They splash bleach on their favorite black t-shirt and say, “What a cool design!”

perez fabric art samples
Some of the fabric art Judy Coates Perez
created through discharge dyeing.
From “QATV” Series 900.

Color catchers, thread trash, bleach pens—they're all fodder for the lover of fabric art. And when a new product comes along, they are quick to capitalize on it.

Fiber artist Judy Coates Perez, best known for her hand-painted wholecloth quilts, has experimented with Rit dyes in the past, and recently discovered that brand's Color Remover product can be used for surface design.

Marketed as a laundry aid, Color Remover is a powder that is mixed with water and heated to a boiling point to activate the discharge or color removal process. Judy has been using the product to create designs on dark cloth. Previously, this “discharge dyeing” has been accomplished with bleach or a relatively new product called deColourant.

Before trying this process, Judy notes, it's a good idea to test fabrics for their abilities to discharge, because many dye colors discharge differently.

fabric art discharge dyeing
Discharge dyeing using
Rit Color Remover.

“Some colors lighten very fast going all the way to white, while others may only become a lighter tint. Many blue dyes will not discharge at all. I have had really interesting results using some over-dyed dark ‘ugly’ fabrics that discharged to bright colors due to some pigments being easily removed, while others were resistant,” she says.

“Many commercial fabrics will do some surprising things. For instance, I bought three different black fabrics; one discharged to gold, another to warm gray, and another to sage green.”

Here are the basic steps. Once you feel comfortable with the process, you can experiment with fabric folding and binding techniques (like tie-dye) to achieve different effects.


1. Place your fabric in the heat-safe tray.

2. Boil water in a kettle or container for easy pouring.

3. Pour boiling water over your fabric, using just enough to saturate the fabric.

4. Wearing gloves, sprinkle Rit powder over your fabric in the areas you want to lighten and remove color.


pokey bolton and judy coates perez
Pokey Bolton (left) and
Judy Coates Perez on
the set of “QATV.”
5. When the desired result is achieved, rinse your fabric in cool water. (There will be no residual odor left on the fabric as happens with bleach.)

Caution: Reductive discharge chemicals are less harmful than bleach, but should be used in a well-ventilated area. People with respiratory sensitivity may want to use a mask. Always use gloves and have a separate set of equipment dedicated to nonfood use.

Judy elaborates on this surface design process in
Quilting Arts TV” Series 900 with Pokey Bolton.

For more ideas, tips, and resources on fabric art, visit our new Fabric Art Topic Page on the Cloth Paper Scissors Community.

Rusting Exploration will be done again for the June 2012 Meeting

June 2011 group meeting Rusting Exploration. Samples of different rusting techniques were brought. Sharing of what Susan Hyder did to rust each fabric will be the focus of the get together. Susan also had tannin and rust fabric baths set up for each attendee to use as they wished. Pictures below of what the class did.

Mya with here rust and tannin             Jackie with fan fold and        Donna with here fan fold and
tye dye piece. Exploration is                dunk in each bath for            dunk and play with the different
fun just for us kids old and young        a variety of looks                  chemicals.

Jackie with a prior rusty yard          Susan gave a hand out to the class and they all read along as
piece over dyed with the rust          she shared what she did in her solo exploration and internet
baths. New look so cool.                surfing. So much to learn about the rusty subject.

Donna and Anna visit while          Karen, Jackie, Susan, and Anna experiment
playing in the rust baths.               with the tannin bath.

March meeting is on the 19th. We will be doing jello dye fabric printing. Each participant can bring jello fruit flavored or plain. We will experiment with jello dye printing on white fabric. Bring scraps of your white fabric to print and turn into a new one of a kind fabric.

January 2012 Meeting was rescheduled for February. The meeting date is as usual the third Monday. That will be Monday February 20 th. Susan Monk showed us how to do Calligraphy and creative writing. On paper of all kinds and colors and even on a piece of fabric. In colors of the rainbow. It was fun.

December meeting: And you thought you could throw any fabric away. Wrong. This meeting Jackie Cory will show us how to use cut up scrap fabric into tiny pieces and put together with glue into cookie cutters to make ornaments.
October meeting is Monday October 17th.
Ginger is bringing us our things for the pen decorating.

For the Tee painting you will need to bring a prewashed without fabric softener plain white Tee. Susan will bring the paint. YOU MIGHT WANT TO WEAR OR BRING CLOTHES THAT ARE OK TO GET PAINT ON. WE MIGHT BE MESSY.

New members always welcome to this fun group.


Instructions for Flower Pounding in July. Anna will be sharing some of the things She has played with and explored about flower pounding. When you come in July bring light colored fabric pieces and flowers. Bring a hammer and a piece of plywood to pound on. IT IS GOING TO BE FUN. YEH

Next  Meeting Second Thursday of each month, 6pm COME JOIN US!

Supply list for the group is below right..

This Thursday June 19th we are doing At the next meeting of the surface design group we will be scorching fabric with lemon juice.  We will apply lemon juice in designs and then heat it with an old iron. Bring some white or light colored pieces of fabric, stencils etc.  6pm.  June 19. (3rd Thursday).

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