- Change over your studio to a dye studio
- Take out all the supplies and set them up
- Cut up 36 fat quarters of fabric
- Choose the colors & make the color recipes
- Measure out the dyes
- Batch up all 36 fat quarters
- Rinse out the fabric
- Clean Containers & Workspace
- Wash the fabric 3 times
- Iron and fold the fabric
- Repeat all again the next day.
But now that I look at the first days work all done, I think WOW it was worth it. This is the first time I've ever dyed up gradations of muted colors. I got the basic recipes from Linda Johnson's Fabric Dyer's Dictionary. I don't use her exact procedure to dye, but it was a great help on where to begin to get the colors I needed for my upcoming quilt week at Quilting by the Lake. Looking over the fabric, I've fallen in love with the palette. It makes me more excited to go!
Something new this year was I weighed out my dye. My husband bought a nice little digital stainless steel scale and it worked perfectly for dyeing. I needed 14.5 grams of dye for every yard. It made it that much easier to keep the proportions of each color accurate in a dye mixture. For the most part the colors came out
the way they were suppose to.
Tomorrow I'm going to finish up today's batch of 36 and also do some red solo cup dyeing of the palette. It should be way more random and unpredictable. Plus if I get some time, I want to do some t-shirts to take with me. Don't you love when people ask you where did you get your shirt and you say, "Oh I dyed it myself!" They think you're so artsy!!
One thing I'm really grateful for is my idea to do my dyeing in red solo cups instead of plastic baggies. This is the 4th year using them and they are still holding up like new. They are easy to clean, easy to store and you can dye up to a half yard of fabric in them. Plus, they give me the nice mottled look I like in my fabric.
Ooops - gotta go - time to put in the soda ash!!
So What have been up to creatively?