Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Have you seen my zeal????

I seem to have lost it!!!!!

I don't suppose, anyone has asked you that before but it sure feels like I have fallen flat on my face.....

and along the way, I acquired a cold in its place!!!! Not a horrible out-and-out cold, but just enough to wear me down!!!

That and my continued occupation as the 'official 2009 driver for the U Family' and now a 'swap mama' for the latest Doll Quilt Swap... who has time for blogging!????

But I did promise to finish my hand dyeing tutorial, so here it is...

... oh ..... but first, it occurred to me that I had better WARN you (before I hear the reprecussions from ruining your favorite ballgown while you hand dye fabrics).... when you are hand dyeing, WEAR OLD CLOTHES!!!!!

Also, in case you hadn't noticed, I put a sheet of plastic on the garage floor to contain any spills... goodness only knows what would happen if our garage floor turned fuschia!!!!

plastic on the garage floor!

Well, enough about keeping clean....

Let's get back to hand dyeing (maybe that is where my zeal is!).....

So, you have these fabrics cooking in low volume dye solutions for many hours (I don't time them, but it has to be 6+ hours, I think)...

my fabrics are 'cooking'

And, having those fabrics in small containers, with small amounts of solution, all bunched and scrunched, makes for some wonderful variation in color and some even more fabulous patterns that just happen!

greens in a row

Firstly, wearing gloves, I remove the dyed fabrics from the bag/bottle...

taking the dyed fabric out of the bag...

into an empty sink....

dyed fabric ready to rinse...

and begin the somewhat tedious task of rinsing as much excess dye from the fabrics...

rinsing and rinsing and rinsing and.........

but at the same time, it is a great time to see patterns appear...

excess dye being rinsed out in the sink.....

new colors develop.....

rinsing green....

and magnificent possibilities emerge....

rinsing purple...

When I think that I have rinsed enough of the excess dye from the fabrics, or I just get tired of it, I start the washing machine with warm water and 2-4 TBSP of Synthrapol, and add the fabric...

scarlet washing

Often, I run the fabric through 2 washes to ensure that the water is running clear and all the excess dye is gone.

While the washing machine is running (and by the way, I don't mix the fabrics of different colors in the machine while rinsing!), I begin the cleaning process...

bottle cleaning...

and as the fabrics appear from the dryer...

browns

I press them into ...

made green with electric blue and lemon yellow

these wonderfully.....

hot pink

unique.....

robin egg blue


pieces of fabric...

My stack of hand dyes

Well, I think just talking about the hand dyeing process has perked me up!

Maybe I haven't lost my 'zeal' after all!!!!

working on a little hanging with some hand dyes

Would you like a piece of my hand dyed fabric???

I am going to give away a fat quarter (or maybe two) to one of you!!!

Leave me a comment by Tuesday, July 28th!!!

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