Thursday, April 15, 2010
My plan is to tie, wrap and stitch these up again for another round of shibori, likely with black dye.
I had a major Aha this week, a solution to a mystery that had been plaguing me for a couple of months, that I really couldn't get my hands around until I rinsed out those two shibori batches. Most of the fabric I use for dyeing is muslin -- because that's what I can afford. I haven't been too bothered by the fact that muslin doesn't dye as brilliantly as the PFD fabrics, because I prefer muted colors for the most part. But when I started doing all those dyeing experiments a couple months ago, my results were really disappointing. I assumed it was the amount of dye I used in my various formulas and/or any number of other variables. Well what I realized this week -- big DUH here -- is that the last couple of bolts of muslin I used were permanent press! No wonder the fabric just wouldn't take the dye well. Sheesh. Well, lesson learned, mystery solved, new bolt of non-permanent press muslin purchased, and lots of fabric now in my stash for quilt backs!
So now the question is -- do I want to replicate those dye trials with the new fabric? That remains to be seen...I've got so much on my plate right now, wish I had about eight more hours each day!
My Spring Celebration Sale -- it was going to end tomorrow -- has been extended throughout spring...yep, until June 20, the last day of spring. Why not! Twenty-five percent off everything on my Sales Blog and my Etsy Shop until June 20. Don't miss out!