Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Dye Pots

For some reason, I have never dyed my own fabric until now.  I always thought it was going to be tedious, messy work, but I've coveted hand-dyed fabrics.  My sister gave me a nice set of Procion dyes for my birthday (thanks Pam!), so I set to work this week.   Once I started I couldn't stop.  I enjoyed it so much more than I ever expected.  It's so fun to see what will come out of the wash as each piece takes dye slightly differently.  I got a great range of colors for my stash:

One of my favorite parts was rummaging around to find old fabrics to dye.  We have a great place we call the Goodwill bins in Portland where they sell the rejects from Goodwill by the pound.  I went looking for interesting textures to dye and got great fabrics for next to nothing.  They all have that built-in worn look to them that I love.

Even the thread tangles that came out of the washing machine were gorgeous:

Now I have to stop dyeing and make something with all this treasure.


Suzanne Reynolds said...

You have a nice variety of colors there, Robin. Look forward to seeing what you do with the fabrics. I just ordered a book on Shibori and hope to move on from Rit dyes someday.

arlee said...

OH you got such great saturation!! These are luscious, and the thread tangles are as valuable---remember when we'd throw things out like that?
Horrible to think of such waste now:}