Sunday, April 02, 2006

First Fruits

We had our first outdoor dyefest today. It hit 82 degrees just now. Typically for Georgia, we go straight from bone chilling wet days, head over heels into summer. I don't know how the plants and animals manage without spring. This is the batch of antique table and bed linen I have been hoarding since last summer - some of it a gift from a friend in FL who ran out of closet space and some of it booty from the estate sales and flea markets of Rhode Island. There is everything here from swatches of lawn so old and fragile I have to be careful wringing it out, to gauze, sateen, shirting, and embroidered damask. Total fatigue is causing me to let this crop batch properly before my color greed gets the best of me. Did something a little different this time. I tossed the water damp cloth with the dyes on the tabletop like so much salad or bread dough, then stuffed the color kin in the mason jars to stew awhile in the heat. I ran out of jars in pretty short order so there's a dozen gallon plastic baggies stuffed with fat colors too. After a few hours I went back and gave each bag and jar a good drench with soda ash sauce. I go out there and turn everything from time to time like Mrs.Owl with her eggs. Now, I'm going to try to forget it all until tomorrow afternoon.

6 comments:

Carol Dean said...

This would make the greatest poster ever. All that color . . . YUM!

deb said...

Thanks Carol, I'm going to use it the next time I advertise my hand dyes for sale.

Von said...

Being a new Dyer... Id like to ask your thoughts on dye's .. over dying using too much dye etc? any tips for the new dyer? Von

Elle said...

I like all of the dye jars...

Michelle said...

I love how you do your dyeing. I happen to have way too many mason jars around here that have never been used - you may have actually inspired a use!! :-)

arlee said...

What Michelle said---now i know why i'v been saving all those jam jars! Neat clean effective and eye candy--lovely and effficient!