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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Splish, Splash, Splosh...

and a pair of handdyed hands... oh well, I get carried away... I have a very small washing line, only room for half the cloth on there, so there are two shots of the cloth I made yesterday. The cloth, a cotton poplin, is turning out to be a good dye cloth. Which is just as well, given that I have over a hundred metres of the stuff... Bessie the Boiler is proving her worth, providing me with the water to do the dyeing, I'm eternally grateful to the people who gave her to me. Freecycle is a wonderful thing.

I took a couple of closeups of cloth I'm particularly pleased with, both in reds. I love working with dye, I haven't had an intensive dye day for a long time, and I'd forgotten just how good it is!

Today's batch of cloth has just had the soda ash added, and is working away happily in the sun. Tomorrow's has yet to be cut off the roll and run through the washing machine. I need to make up a fresh set of dyes (used them all up today...), and all will be ready for tomorrow. I might do some resist dyeing; one of my neighbours is coming to 'watch and learn'...that's what she thinks... shall get her involved by hook or by crook!
Meanwhile, lunch beckons, and a project for the lutradur rest for the wicked!


Bird on a wire said...

A washing line to make my heart sing!

Helen Suzanne said...

lovely colours Marion - isn't it such a delight to discover how they turn out.

Carol said...

These are lovely colours, looks like you had fun!

The Wittering Rainbow said...

You are such a busy lady - a whirling dervisher indeed! The fabrics look great as does the weather. Thought I'd just pop by and say thanks for the tips on priming fabric. I've been experimenting today and am almost tempted to use a polyester cloth for the whole thing because it takes the paint so much better, but I've been quilting too long....the cotton is calling!
I like the idea of the tree bark challenge but can you give me a while please?

Shirley Goodwin said...

Oh look at us! Great minds with but a single thoght - dyeing!