Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Frustration in dyeing

Yesterday before work I took some of what I thought was Cerulean Blue and Tangerine dyes that I already had mixed up a while ago and left a piece of fabric in a dye bath all day to get a yard of BROWN. This is what I ended up with:

Yes, it looks like it's khaki-colored green with some lavender in it. Not exactly what I was hoping for. So, last night, I mixed up some Black and Strong Orange dye powders and dyed two small pieces, hoping again for brown. It really looked good in the dye bath this morning, I was hopeful.

But this is what I ended up with after washing.

One piece is a grey-ish purple, the other is a light grey. It's like the orange completely left the fabric after washing. If anyone has any suggestions on what I can do to get a good brown, please leave a comment. Otherwise, I'll have to take a trip to Joann's...and waste my day off today on the road.

Monday, November 7, 2011

All over the place

I haven't posted for about 3 weeks now, kinda feeling like I'm all over the place (not focused at all). There's the little granny squares I've been crocheting for a baby afghan:

And some cute little headbands and hats. I found some directions on-line for making these flowers, so easy it was amazing.

I also have been working on these pieces, clamping plexiglass circles on fabric then discharging with bleach and re-dyeing them. Last week I took pictures of the whole process, but the pics don't seem to be on my camera this morning.

Also, have been sewing on some scrappy strips to use with the circles.

In addition, I'm working on some crib bumper pads for my niece who is having a shower the day after Christmas, finished up a quilt for my LQS challenge that had to be turned in on Saturday, and have about 6 other projects in some stage of the completion process. If I didn't have to go to work every day, I might get a few things done!

Is it any wonder that my stash never seems to get smaller?