Monday, June 1
I think I'm hooked.
My quilting group had a fabric dyeing workshop on Saturday with Brenda's mom, Meg. Meg took us through the whole process of dyeing fabric using Procion fibre reactive dyes. We started with unbleached cotton muslin, presoaked in soda ash.
Next we mixed 3 colours of dye: a red, a yellow, and a blue, from which all the other colours would be created. Since we were dyeing 24 small pieces of fabrics (fat quarters, or 1/4 yard), each a different colour, we used ziploc bags to keep each individual colour separate from the others.
In each bag, we added the dye in varying ratios according to a preset colour chart. (We learned that both new and used bags can spring a leak!) After a fabric piece was added to each bag we were done for the day!
Back home, after sitting in the dye for at least 24 hours, the fabric was ready to be rinsed and washed. When wet, it was difficult to distinguish some of the colour gradations.
Here is the final result after ironing. My fabrics are actually much more mottled than they appear in this photo. Aren't the colour gradations beautiful?
I have no idea yet what project(s) I will use these for. Any ideas? For inspiration, Meg had this beautiful quilt on display that she made with her hand dyed fabrics.
Footnote: I just loved how bright and colourful all these threads looked after coming out of the washing machine, I had to include them too!