Our Hand-Marbled Fabrics
Using silk-like 200-count cottons and artist-quality inks for these pieces, we achieve colors of unbelievable intensity as well as stability in our finished textiles. Fabric marbling uses both traditional methods, thousands of years old, and exploration and development of new methods to give you hand-marbles of unsurpassed beauty. We have developed all of our own design tools which ensures you true uniqueness of each piece.
For a somewhat softer effect, we will double process our fabrics — that is, we will procion dye them and then marble them. The finished pieces are soft and very beautiful.
We have washed our hand-marbles three times, and have steam-pressed and trimmed them, so they are ready for immediate use.
Our hand-marbled textiles are available for purchase as fat-quarters.
Our Hand-Dyed 100% Virgin Wools
Looking for a fabric that loves dye as much as you do? Consider wool, which is a magnificent medium for acid dyes. It is water resistant, yet absorbent, flexible and soaks up dye beautifully, holding the color indefinitely. No matter what color you choose, hand-dyed wool shines! We dye our wool in small batches to ensure the best possible result.
For our wool line we use Pendleton wool fabrics. Pendleton Woolen Mills has an outstanding reputation as growers of superb wools for over 100 years. Their wools have extraordinary quality and fine craftsmanship.
Our hand-dyed wools are available in a six-pack bundle of 8 by 8 squares, fat eighths (approximately 13×15)and fat quarters. Larger lengths are available by custom order.
Our Elegant Prints and Solids
Humans have been painting on fabric for thousands of years, since they started twisting and weaving fibers together to make the first fabrics. We use fiber-reactive dyes, the best fabric painting dye for natural fabrics. The colors are brilliant and permanent. They don’t fade, even after repeated washings. These fabrics have already been washed in the hottest water.
We also overdye some of our textiles. This process introduces several layers of color to one fabric. Each color is strategically introduced to the fabric, set to cure and then washed in the hottest water. Additional colors are introduced and washed until the desired effect has been achieved. We also prepare gradations of color for quilt color blending.
These hand-dyes include both resist-treated fabrics which color to a design as well as solid colors.
We sell these pieces in fat quarters, half yards and yards. We also have 5 and 6-pack coordinated fabrics available.
A new addition to this line is the Elegant Roll, which is hand-dyed and then cut into strips which can then be used to sew the lovely quilt pictured. Our pattern is free with each Elegant Roll purchase.
Certain of our hand-dyed fabrics employ the Shibori technique, which is a form of folding and binding the fabric to create resists without chemicals. Tying or binding the cloth creates areas of resistance to the dye, and keeps dye from penetrating the fabric. Shibori can be as simple as pleating or as complicated as stitching and binding the form into strange shapes.
Our Beautiful Batiks
Batiking is a process which uses wax on fabric to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth. Wax is applied to fabric, followed by dye, in many successive layers in the more complex batiks. Batik is especially unique because the wax will crackle during handling, either intentionally or not. On subsequent dye baths, the crackles in the wax fill in with darker colors.
We use copper tjaps (pronounced chops) which are hand made in Indonesia for the purpose of making consistent wax impressions on fabric and other handmade tools. Tjaps are very decorative and are an art form as well.
We use fiber-reactive dyes in our batik process. These fabrics can be washed again and again without losing the quality of the color.
Our Elegant Metallic Foiled Fabrics
Metallic foils add depth and brilliance to dyed and painted fabric. Metallic foils are thin layers of metallic plastic frused to a sheet of cellophane. Foils are bright and will not tarnish over time.
Our Discharged Fabrics
Discharging is the chemical removal of color as a means of creating a design.
Some of our fabrics that have been discharged initially were dyed using fiber-reactive dyes.
Elegant Art Cloth
We use thermofax screens for screen printing images and other processes such as low-water immersion dyeing, discharging, breakdown printing, over-dyeing and painting to produce our Elegant Art Cloth. A thermofax screen is just like an old fashioned silk screen – but made with a thermofax machine. Thermofax is a photocopying technology developed by 3M in the 1950s and later marketed as a method of producing transparencies for overhead projectors. Modern technology has made the machines largely redundant for their original uses but textile artists now use them to produce screens. The process is particularly good for reproducing images or textural marks that would be difficult or very expensive to produce with other screen methods.
We use Riso film, a silkscreen product made in Japan, which is composed of a plastic film and bonded to a screen mesh. The plastic film is made from vinylidene choloride, an organic compound with a lower permeability to oxygen than many other plastics allowing it to work well with our 3M thermofax machine.
Elegant Art Cloths are available in whole yard lengths.
Our Elegant Silk-Screened Fabrics
The invention of the silk screen revolutionized the printing world. Originally a real silk was used as the mesh on the screen. There are many ways to make an impression on a screen. These processes can be very involved or very simple.
We use silk screening techniques to embellish our fabrics as part of the layering process.
They have been dyed with various colors to take on a very interesting rainbow effect.
These textiles are available in fat quarters.
We are now offering exceptional colors of hand-dyed yarns in quality fibers at reasonable prices. From vivid variegated splashed yarns to sophisticated subtle color palettes, we have the yarns you need for your next knitting project. With over ten years experience hand dyeing, you can count on Elegant Expressions Quilting and Fiber Arts for the highest quality.
All yarns are dyed by our fiber artist in very small quantities. Each batch is unique, no formulas are used! We offer yarns that are really hand dyed. We do not try to produce massive quantities of yarn, just the best quality in the most gorgeous colors. And, of course, hand dyed yarns insure a unique garment.
Fabric Care and Other Considerations
Marbled fabrics are delicate and should be hand washed. Wash in cool water with a mild soap and hang to dry. Hand dyed fabrics are made with fiber-reactive dyes unless otherwise noted. Fiber-reactive dyes bond to the fibers of natural fabrics. Hand dyed fabrics are washed in the hottest water and machine dried before being made ready for sale and can be machine washed and dried. Hand-painted fabrics are made with a variety of textile paints and are heat-set and cured for several weeks. Wash in cool water with a mild soap and hang to dry.
None of our fabrics is suitable for children’s pajamas as they are not flame retardant. Questions about our fabrics? Send us an email or call Lillian at 503-616-8833.