Fun first or business? Well, on the principle of always eat dessert first, 'cause you never know, here's some fun. Today my fabric dyeing session was interrupted by the Neighborhood Lion. He found a creature he hadn't seen before.
Of course he had to attack it, he's an amazing predator.
A good bite, to do the creature in. Ginny also likes to chew these shoes, must be the plastic tastes good.
The creature is completely conquered.
And now, it's time to stretch out next to the conquered foe, and relax.
Or maybe have a bath. Soon after this, he accidentally rolled down the hill while trying to get the other side. There is never a video camera when you want one!
Amazingly he did not end up with dye on himself.
And now, the business. I have been dyeing fabric in several batches over the last couple of weeks. The colors are wonderful when the fabric comes straight from the dye bath. But after rinsing and washing, I am ending up with colors that are much more pale and dull than what I started with. Like this:
They are nice, but not what I thought I was getting. So I am wondering:
Are my dye mixes not concentrated enough, or
Are the minerals in my water affecting how well the dye attaches to the cloth?
Does anyone out there with dyeing experience have any hints for me?
Another problem that I am having is too much white on fabric that I pole wrap and dye (sort of shibori -type ).
This fabric is not as dark as it appears in the picture. I wanted it for dark water, reflecting yellow trees. So I added some dye this afternoon.
I'll show you the results tomorrow. Hopefully, it will be closer to the look I'm going for.
Have a great day, and watch out for those lions. You never know when they might attack your shoes!