I swear I discharged this piece of fabric five or six times -- I've been working on it for a month or two! It's one of those heavy cottons that was fairly resistant to bleach gel, bleach pen, Jacquard discharge paste and thiox paste. I finally tied up the darn thing and threw it in the pot this morning and it finally lost some color!
This piece here was discharged in thiox yesterday -- that would be the off-white areas. Today's bleach bath produced the orange areas.
This piece is a seriously old and beginning-to-get-holey black T-shirt I wear when I'm dyeing and discharging. I like it a lot better now. I think, though, that I'll discharge my black T-shirts earlier in their life with me so I can enjoy the cool patterns before they're on their last legs!
Now this piece is a very interesting rayon fabric -- started life as a long tunic top I wore actively in the mid-90s. Not long ago I cut it up so I could use the fabric. But it's really hard to discharge -- meaning, it took forever in yesterday's thiox bath (gray areas) and the color had to be coaxed out of it today as well -- the bleach created the orange areas.
Late this afternoon I began putting together pieces of these wonderful discharged fabrics for the first small quilt project in the Art Quilt Workbook. But I couldn't start sewing -- drat! -- because the surge protector for my Bernina indicated that the power was spikey, or low voltage, or whatever those things tell you. Oh, this old house I live in! If I can't get clean enough power tomorrow, I may have to get a new surge protector. And you quilters out there know that these sewing machine surge protectors are pricey. But oh well!