Yesterday I made a run to Dharma Trading Co in San Rafael, and bought eight yards of Kona cotton fabric plus six colors of Procion MX fiber-reactive dye, selected for their dischargeability. Then I came home and spent the day in the dyepots:
Here are some closer views:
And here is a closeup of the fuchsia-blue cloth – isn’t it gorgeous?
Now, just in case you thought the process was neat, here is a picture of my dye table:
And here is a photo of a jar in process (fuchsia-blue from the looks of it):
Finally, here are pix of two more works-in-progress:
Not bad, considering I only got to spend four hours at the dyepots!
Now, what next?
Today I plan to:
- dye solid colors in purple and blue – very dark, dark, and medium shades
- add a complementary color to the mix – rust orange and bright orange, both solid and scrunch-dyed
- rinse out and screen print T-shirts
- discharge the screen printed T-shirts using bleach (dishwasher gel with bleach, to be exact – easier to control)
- mix up thickened dye and paint the discharged T-shirts with appropriate colors for the design
- screen print black sweats with multiple small designs in gold and orange
- dye socks and sports bras (which also means figuring out what to do with them!)
I also plan to design and sew my first quilt square for the quilting class, though that may be getting ambitious!
could you discuss how you used the discharge dye? I’m wondering if I can apply that to yarn.