Yesterdays Dyes

Yesterday I started dyeing fabrics again.   It’s been too long since I did any serious dyes, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process.   Especially since we replaced the washer about a year and a half ago and I got a new dryer just a few weeks ago!

First batch
First batch

The colors in this second photo are true to the dyes.

First and Second  batches -- same dye bath
First and Second batches -- same dye bath

The flash washed out the shade in this photo, but made it easier to see the lines and marks of the gradations.

Close up of reds
Close up of reds

Once my new steam press gets here next week, I’ll finish pressing and cutting these to size!

Somehow it’s Friday already!  Wow this has been an amazingly busy week!  I just love it when the week goes by quickly and lots has been accomplished.

Of course most everything is in the almost done stages, but I thought I’d show you a little bit of what today has included on my agenda.

First priority today was getting my cell phone pocket pattern printed and bagged:

Check, DONE!

Next up this morning was to get the yarns and scarves I dyed last night rinsed and soaking in the fixative:

Check DONE

I always use a fixative in my final soak of my dyes.  I’ve not yet had anyone come back with a complaint about colors bleeding and I attribute it to taking that one extra step.

Of course, sometimes, when we slip, or we drop something in the process, we do get a bit of dye migration….FABs, this pic’s for you gals:

And you should see the other side of my hands………okay, no, maybe you shouldn’t.  I know, I should be wearing gloves, but right now I am actually between sizes of gloves (mediums are tight, larges are almost falling off?)…..and when I work with the scarves and the yarns, I really need to be able to feel what I’m doing.  Hence, the blue hands……….which is why I always have Reduran in the studio!

Off to go dye some blue fabrics now…………………..