Dyeing days

Fabric in dyepots!

dyeing fabric in jamjars

I started off doing some dyeing in plastic bags. I dyed one piece in each to start with, all solids, mostly greens, blues and greys. Then after about an hour, I added another piece to each, to get a paler shade. I did this again half an hour later. I may even have tucked a fourth one in before the dye was totally exhausted!

Here they are in the plastic bags sitting in the cat litter tray:

lots of plastic bags in a cat litter tray!

When I had done that, I used up the rest of the made up dye liquid by space dyeing some previously dyed fabric in a cat litter tray (jolly useful, they are!). I threw the rayon thread in at the last minute – rayon seems to take the procion dyes very readily and it was fun to see it creeping along the fibres! I put some underneath the fabric too, to soak up the residue.

space dyeing fabric in a cat litter tray

I also tucked fabric into jamjars and poured dye liquid over it, and some more into old margarine tubs. I would have put the top picture here but I thought the plastic bags picture was a bit boring to start this post with! As you can see, I trailed some yarn in and out of all the jamjars and it made for an interestingly multicoloured piece. I dyed an immense amount of fabric this time. I don’t know exactly how much but it was two washing machine loads.

Here is the first load drying on the washing line:

green, black and blue fabric on washing line

And the second one… I was exhausted!

multicoloured washing line!

Close up…

more fabric on line

Here it is, all ironed, folded and sorted into colours and values. Phew!

circle of folded dyed fabric

We have greens, blues, greys and blacks…. I was pleased, actually, at getting a couple of quite dark black fabrics. I want to try discharging with these to see what colours they discharge to. I mixed a couple of different black dye powders together to get this – one with a bluey tint to it, one with a greeny one.

green fabrics

We have reds and purples…

reds and purple fabrics

And we have oranges and browns… some of these were the overdyed space dyed ones.

orange and brown fabrics and one yellow

This was the most dramatic overdyed fabric. It started off being turquoise, and I had so much of it I decided to use it. It went into a big margarine tub in a sort of ‘parfait dyeing’ way, with black at the bottom and then I kept pouring different colours in and adding more fabric and more dye till it was full!

black, blue, pink etc  overdyed fabric

And here is the yarn. It is rayon and some of it has a sort of glittery stuff wrapped round it.

dyed yarn

Phew! Got to find somewhere to put it all now… just blogging it took nearly an hour!!

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13 Comments:

  1. Wow! You have been working hard. I am wondering how big each piece is that you dye? I have been dyeing some fat quarters and that size seems easy to work with. Yours seem to be a bit larger though. My biggest problem is that I don’t have enough white cloth to dye and that makes me less experimental. I have to get a bolt. I am waiting until we go bakc to USA because it is less than half the price there that it is here. Now, what are you going to do with it all? Do you sell some or will it all be made into amazing quilts?

  2. they look fantastic ……….so much to treasure……….and use !

  3. Phew, you have been busy Liz, have you a project in mind or are you creating your stash

  4. All I can say is wow. That is a full day’s work and a beautiful output.

  5. Hi, Nice pictures, Nice Post, Keep up the good work.

    also very hard work.

  6. These are amazing, I particularly love the greens and purples. Can’t wait to see what you do with this fabric now!
    I am starting my City and Guilds Certificate in p&q next Saturday and it has been great reading your posts about your course. For some reason, it seems difficult to read into the course online, so it has been fab to find your blog!

  7. Yummy, yummy, yummy. I really that spark of bright orange poking out of all those great neutrals. Quite a nice batch there.

  8. Oh Liz, those fabrics are gorgeous! I find dyeing exhausting too – but having all those lovely fabrics makes it worthwhile. Helen

  9. wow and double wow Liz these are all great you must be feeling v. pleased after all the hard work, Frances

  10. Wow, Wow, Wow, they are GORGEOUS!!! Would love to have some of those dye colors for dying my wool!!! Luscious!! :D

  11. What a marathon – your washing line is totally crammed full! (Somehow I never thought of overlapping the fabric to get it all on the line…) Getting good blacks is so difficult – congratulations.

  12. Hard work but the results look well worth it. Hope you don’t get the vodka mix muddled with the dyes!

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