My dying session turned out to last three weeks! This was unplanned….but, when you have it all set up..
AND, you are seeing great results…AND, you are learning a lot….AND, the weather is perfect..
yes, you keep going. At least I did. What a crazy time. I was completely drained by the end. I had worn old stained clothes too many days. My feet were unsightly…getting a pedicure was embarrassing…the poor woman must have thought I had trudged through swamps!
The first week my friend Barb joined me for 2 days. She dyed 40 yards of fabric in solid colors. She was much more productive than me.
I discovered I have the perfect set up. I have a side porch on the ground floor that opens to the laundry room. Which also has a fold down ironing board. The porch is covered and on a shady side of the house. The breezes were fantastic. It was perfect.
We could set the fabrics in the sun to cure. Both of us were trying to get mostly a solid color. The colors came out great.
Barb laid her fabric on the grass to dry. What a picture!
We used a method that is detailed by Lisa Call. She has figured out how to dye 60-80 yards of fabric in one day. Yes! And, how to dye 4 yards with 1 cup of dye. We did this, it works! The fabric is soaked in clear water only. The first yard is placed in the bin, wrung out and damp. The dye is added and pressed into the fabric. Next, the soda ash solution is poured on and pressed in minimally. Next, the 2nd yard is placed on top of the first yard, and pressed to distribute the dye, followed by soda ash solution. Each yard is done this way. The yard on the bottom will be the darkest most saturated and the subsequent yards will be slightly lighter; creating a gradation. Read the details and amounts on her blog.
She also sells PFD pimatex cotton. This is what we used and I really like it.
The main ingredient she uses that produces bright colors is SALT.
I mixed the chemical water with UREA and SALT.
This is my batch. The turquoise and marigold produced 5 yards from 1 cup of dye.
My cats loved the fabric too!
The following week, I spent with my granddaughter Madeleine. She is now 11. We dyed together. She thought that it was so funny every time I said “I was dying.”
We went to some second-hand shops and found some t-shirts and old linens to dye.
She is modeling an old linen scarf that had beautiful embroidery. It would have made a great skirt.
The last week I spent dyeing clothing with a neighbor. We had even more fun! We dyed dresses, slips, linens, place mats, table cloths and more.
In addition, I used good paper to catch the drips. What great papers! I have enough dyed things and ideas to last a lifetime.
Finally, I had to stop. I was completely exhausted.