on the grid
Gather your supplies ■ All dye bath supplies (see page 136) Square of cotton fabric, washed, dried, size to suit 6mm‑thick 7 x 9cm blocks of wood (2) Chair with upholstered seat Staple gun and staples
Here’s how STEP 1 Assemble materials and prepare dye bath (see page 136 for instructions), letting mixture set according to product instructions. STEP 2 Lay fabric flat. Using a block as a guide, fold 1 edge. Accordion‑fold to edge. STEP 3 Accordion‑fold fabric along length of strip.
STEP 4 Put blocks on top and bottom of stack.
STEP 5 Secure stack with rubber bands.
STEP 6 Soak stack in water then squeeze out excess. Wearing gloves, submerge stack in dye. (It will turn from green to blue as it oxidises.)
STEP 7 Rinse stack in water.
STEP 8 Remove rubber bands and blocks.
STEP 9 Unfold fabric. Wash, then put in clothes dryer to heat‑set. Press. Wrap fabric around seat. Staple edges to back (see ‘Beyond canvas’ Steps 10–13, page 140).