Today was an absolutely perfect day for dyeing fabric! Warm with low humidity!! Last year I did very little dyeing for myself so I have just a few odds and ends. I have found also that I really need to dye in 1/2 yard lengths at least to ensure I have enough fabric in the same dye lot for my quilts. The larger the piece of fabric though, the more difficult to get consistency. This time however, I decided I would dye one yard pieces. I purchased a couple of those large plastic Glad bowls to use in conjunction with my gallon plastic bags and dyed 15 one-yard pieces. This time I did bright solids but plan to do another batch of mottled fabrics.
I have to tell you though, it is truly work/time intensive. The more I dye fabric, the more I can appreciate the $25/yard costs of some you buy. If it is "truly" hand dyed, it takes a little over an hour just to prep; then you have to mix each of the dyes wearing a very uncomfortable mask; then you have to measure in each "recipe", and if you are doing solids, you have to work it into each piece of fabric; then you have to box that piece; clean up to for the next color and start all over. It took me all morning (about 3-4 hours) to dye the 15 pieces and the work isn't over yet. This morning I have to go out and rinse EACH piece by hand, and then machine wash, dry and iron. Whew! Maybe I need to surf some hand dyes and push a couple of buttons (LOL). If you get a chance to buy hand dyes just don't get your nose bend out of shape if they are not $5/yard. Appreciate all the work that went into making that beautiful piece.
Indigo and batik are on my list to try this summer! Hope I find it as enjoyable! I am on the look out for a inexpensive electric skillet to melt my wax. They have wax pots, but they seem a bit pricey when a electric skillet would do just as well. I will investigate more!
I am also busy quilting Yin-Yang. It is closer to a king and so taking a little longer. Actually, I could really have finished it, but had some problems with tension which made me just walk away. After a deep breathe and a couple of blue labels (Pepsi's), I came back and all I needed to do was to move to a bigger needle. How simple was that. I am using a rather complex panto of feathers, so the going is a little slow. I am not sure I really like the top thread I choose (a dark beige), but at this point, I am NOT going to change it. The back thread matches perfectly with the muslin back, and I am sure once it is washed, the crinkles will mask any "issues". At any rate, it is MY quilt and so I am less anal if it belonged to someone else (another reason for not quilting for others---I get so stressed).
Next week I will be at a conference where I can just sit and listen! Looking forward to that! My flowers and veggie "garden" are all doing well in spite of the frequent thunderstorms we have been having. I will have to post some pictures.
All is well on the home front and for that I am eternally grateful! Have a wonderful Saturday and I will "talk" to you later!