I finally dyed a little fabric on one of these fabulous warm and sunny days. Here’s a shot of some yardage drying in the sun:
I’m dyeing these to use as background blocks, so I don’t want a lot of “color action” but instead want some subtle mottling of colors. Each piece of yardage was scrunched into a small amount of liquid dye in one of these tubs:
…and then nuked in the microwave on high for 3 minutes. (If you do this, find an old microwave that will never be used again for food.) Once done, the tub is removed from the microwave and a piece of saran wrap is put on top, so it can “steam” for awhile:
Once it starts developing large condensation droplets on top, I remove the saran wrap so they don’t drip onto the fabric. (This will cause an area to be extra light in color due to the dilutional effect.) I let the fabric sit in the tub for 3-4 hours because this will create lines/ridges of darker color where the dye pools. If I’m not in a hurry, I’d leave it like this overnight, but I’m usually in a hurry. The last step is I spread it out on the driveway. This step is not necessary for the dyeing part of the process but it’s necessary for a lazy person such as myself. This step makes sure each piece is completely dry so I can just throw it into my washing machine. I am too lazy to rinse off the excess dye in the utility sink and working this way, I have a no muss/no fuss washout!
These fabrics are not my usual high saturation colors, as you can see by these 2 stacks:
…but they’ll do fine for what I need them for. And in case you think I’m not doing any sewing, check out this wall hanging I just stitched together this morning…it’s all machine embroidered applique:
…I love it!
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