Friday, July 12, 2013

Rainbow Dyeing...

I know you're waiting to see the results of my indigo dyeing...and I'm chomping at the bit, wanting to get to it, but I promised my friends I'd wait until they came up and do the indigo dyeing with them. But, I just had to get into some messy fun, so I did some dyeing with Procion MX dyeing this week instead.
It's the perfect time of year to do dyeing because I can work outside on the picnic table and I don't have to worry about getting dye stains all over.  I discovered that an old wallpaper tray was a great size and shape for the zip lock bags of fabric so they were all neatly contained while I waited for them to process for 24 hours.  I mixed the dye in old mason jars, but I wouldn't recommend them.  I need to get some plastic bottles like these!
Anyway, after I rinsed all the fabric I couldn't resist taking some pictures of it hanging on the line.
Notice that Casey is still her beautiful cream coloured self!

Even the ziploc bags get rinsed and hung on the line for the next time I dye fabric.

And here's my stash!  The fabrics under the stacks were made using the left over dye after I finished the measured rainbow dyeing.

a light gauzy cotton (usually used for men's turbans)



cheesecloth
recycled Egyptian cotton bed sheets

I can't wait to start creating with all of these fabulous colours!

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    1. Thanks Margaret. I'm very pleased with the results.

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  2. Beautiful. I can't wait to see what you create!
    Stay inspired!

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    1. Thank you Michelle. It'll be fun to play with it!

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  3. Lots of work but I love the vivid colors you have achieved.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I can't wait to start playing with them.

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  4. Absolutely Beautiful. I love all the colors. Looking forward to see how you use them now.

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    1. Thanks Asha. I'll certainly post the pieces I create with them.

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  5. Oh wow! They are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Lynda. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  6. Wonderful bright colors - some of it looks like gauze or cheesecloth. ?

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    1. LOL...you're busted for not reading the captions Carolyn. tee hee...Yes, there is some cheesecloth and gauze among the stash.

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  7. Loved seeing the process, your great setup, and the beautiful results! Congratulations on not making the dog rainbow-colored. It's tempting...do I want to get into this dying thing? I so enjoy your web site, Linda!

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    1. Thanks so much Barb. Yes, the dog stayed white that day, but when I did the indigo dyeing she did get dripped on a couple of times so she ended up with a couple of blue dots. :o)

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  8. Wow! What colors!! Can't wait to see what you do with them. Do please keep us posted, okay?

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    1. Thank you. And yes, I certainly will post what I make with the fabrics.

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  9. Beautiful rich Colors , really want to try dying fabrics too.

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    1. Thank you Sheila. I have to say I was intimidated by it for a long time, but it's really not difficult. Just get a good book (or check Youtube, etc.) and follow the steps. It's so worth it to have your own beautiful fabric to work with!

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