Today Brenda, Ashley and I went over to Rossie's house, armed with gloves, buckets, and the most important ingredient: white fabric!
After seeing the great results Jeni had dyeing the white-on-white Annie's Farm Stand Seed Catalog fabric, we wanted to give it a try too.
Rossie is an old pro at this dyeing business, and since she had all of the dye and other supplies, we headed to her place. (Note: this is not a complete account of all the necessary steps. For more technical info about the dyeing process we used, check out Rossie's blog.)
We prewashed our fabric to prepare it for dyeing. Then we consulted this book to choose some colors we were interested in. We didn't try too hard to match any specific color. We roughly followed the recipe for a given color, but part of the fun of this process is seeing what appears in the end!
It is important to wear gloves and a mask when handling the dye.
Rossie and Brenda prepared the dyes (the pigments are in powdered form and then
mixed into salt water to activate. (Again, check out Rossie's blog. If
you are interested in trying this yourself, she has a lot of helpful
information and many links to experienced in fabric dyeing). Ashley and I cut the fabric into smaller pieces (large cuts of fabric can be bulky, creating extra folds/bubbles in the fabric, which can result in uneven dye patterns). We then dampened the fabric slightly before placing several pieces in each bucket.
Following the dye bath, the fabrics were rinsed in cold water first and then hot and then washed in the washing machine. We let our fabric air dry.
All washed and ready to go.
The finished product!
Many thanks to Rossie for hosting us and helping us navigate the dyeing process. It was a lot of fun!