Dyeing - hand dyeing that is!! So I decided to take the long holiday weekend and do four straight days of hand dyeing. Why 4 straight days? Because for me to hand dye, I have to shlepp out all my dyeing paraphernalia out of the closet, put away all projects in my studio, clutter up my kitchen AND have some major time to get it all done! Its better just to prioritize it and do it all at once. And that's exactly what I did. To the tune of 33 yards!!
It was an exhausting, colorful 4 days!! I had a plan - 1 day of gradations of 4, 1 day of more gradations plus red solo cup improv dyeing, 1 day of just red solo cup dyeing and 1 day of thicken dye surface design. Sighhhhhhhhhhh but as usual things didn't go quite the way I planned!
On Day 3, I tried a new method of Red Solo Cup dyeing putting the dye water in and then adding the soda water to it after. What resulted was a bunch of VERY dark fat quarters. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a equal opportunity hand dyer, but I did need more than a big bunch of dark subtle shades! So my day of thickened dye was postponed for another round of improv dyeing the right way.
By the end I had literally dyed every piece of pfd cotton (and any other dyeable cotton), I had in the house. Not to mention, it was all washed 3 times and ironed and neatly put away. Mission accomplished!!!
I'm super pleased with the results too! There is a good range of colors plus a really big selections of dark fabrics (really can anybody ever have enough dark-darks????) I now have enough fabric not only to take to QBL but enough to last me the year.
And as always, if you never dyed before and want an easy, fun tutorial on improv dyeing, I suggest you try my Red Solo Cup Dyeing. You'll be surprised what great results you can get for such a little investment.
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