Sunday, June 19, 2011

sunday festivities

I mixed a whole new set of colors and set out two dozen mason jars and a dozen steel pans of in the hot Georgia sun filled with pieces of cloth  - an amazing variety of cottons - gauze, terry, flannel, antique linen, cotton jacquard and other things I don't even know the names for beyond old including a vintage Mexican wedding dress that was torn beyond repair. Lots of mysterious yardage undergoing transformation this weekend.

The thing is, I won't be decanting any of these before Tuesday.

Now to try and forget they are out there on the decking waiting.
There are those who will disagree with me but from my experience, batching is mostly baloney when you are using MX dyes.

If the cloth has been well prepped, the dye and the temperatures of everything are optimal, all the color that's going to happen will happen in the first few hours.  

I just won't have the time for all the rinsing, washing and ironing that comes next until Tuesday.


  1. i think you could swim in the last one!

  2. Anonymous2:56 AM

    Hate the waiting - I always want to get in there asap! I really love the bronzy bluey verdigrisy one.

  3. I totally agree about the batching time... especially with the kind of dyeing you are doing, scrunched in a jar. Only time I do extended batching on purpose is for direct application dyeing. That's because I use far less dye, and it takes more time for the dye to wick through the folds. Can't wait to see how your decanted pieces look!

  4. Wow, delicious colours!


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