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.