Friday, July 07, 2006

Can you tell I love these fabrics? These are the dyed fabrics that Sarah and I made while we were in Tennessee. Sarah had the fabric (Kona PFD) delivered to her Mom's place- along with a couple more dyes. The dye is called fiber reactive dye and comes in a powder form. (She got everything from Dharma Trading Company) So you wash your fabric in some kind of ash stuff- real technical there- and then you're ready to go. Sarah tore the fabric into 1/2 yard pieces, so we each got a fat quarter of everything when we were done. We have a real rainbow of colors, by mixing the dyes and diluting them to make different tones.
While the dye is called fiber reactive, you'll notice that Sarah and I are wearing plastic gloves, because the dye is also skin reactive. That didn't keep Sarah from dying her feet a lovely shade of blue- and my forearms looked like I had been wrestling with a bear- did I mention what a messy cooker I am?- same goes for dyeing, I guess. I was splashing stuff everywhere. That's the rag in the upper right hand corner- our mop up. But didn't my messy cooking make a lovely color?
After dyeing each individual piece of fabric, we put them in plastic containers and set them in the sun to incubate. 30 colors in all. Sarah- look what is in that upper left-hand corner of this picture. Can you believe that? Caught that truck red-handed. (You see, after all of our dyeing, we had worked up an appetite. So we headed into town for lunch. Figuring that if we ate at Sonic, no one would see our splattered clothes. As we are driving down her folks' road, there was this jumbled wad of aluminum tubing in the middle of the road. It was over a foot high and what looked to be a tractor or motorcycle radiator was off to the side. Well, we just figured someone had spilled some of their load all over the road. I hop out to move it... thinking back, I'll never do that again. Promise. I push it over to the side so we can get by... driving further down the road.. "Hey Sarah! Look! That guy must have dropped that stuff all along this road... wait a minute...uh, all that metal is attatched... to that... telephone pole, and maybe that wasn't a radiator 'cause it looks... like that box... up there... on that pole..." At this point, well, I honestly nearly peed my pants. I could have left those sweet children without a mommy! No touching anything on a road! Turns out to be the cable wire, but wow! that was too close. That big truck with the boom on it was the culprit!)
After letting the fabric heat up for a while in the sun, we (Sarah) washed it all out and ta-da! some really gorgeous fabric. How cool is that? Nearly turning myself into Southern fried chicken aside, I had the best time dying that fabric. It was loads of fun and I highly recommend anyone try it. And have you seen those cool "trips" of Darcie's? Made with her hand dyed fabrics and a feature print. Very, very nice.

12 comments:

quiltpixie said...

you make it sound so easy.... almost worth giving a try...

dot said...

Lovely dyed fabric. What a fun time you had. Can't wait to see what you make with those beautiful fabrics.

Darcie said...

Gorgeous fabrics Nines...and you too Sarah! Love the little stack of them...whatcha gonna do?!?

I was praying for the two of you to have a blast...and to stay safe. I'm sure thankful that I put in the "stay safe" part!!!

Darcie said...

That pic of you two mad scientists gets just cuter and cuter the more I look at it! ;-) Welcome to the trials and celebrations of dyeing!

Peni said...

How pretty, how pretty!

I just love how you put those little heart failure blips in the middle of things...but then you make everything an adventure! I do love your adventures and your telling of them, though.

God is gracious. Mom

Tracey said...

You girls did a wonderful job!! I LOVE dyeing fabric!!

cher said...

those bundles look so yummy! sounds like such a fun time was enjoyed by both of you and great fabric to turn into something to always keep that memory alive. Great, great colors...guess dyeing goes on my must do list!

Samantha said...

Those fabrics look great!

Samantha said...

Those fabrics look great!

Judy said...

Something I have always wanted to try! Just might now! The stack is truly wonderful looking!

Laura said...

Wow, great fabrics! You 2 did good!

JudyL said...

Sounds like you two had too much fun. Love the fabric!

Judy L.