As I mentioned, much of what I dyed was not solid white commercial PFD fabric.I wish I'd have retained a 'before' photo of this failed ice-dyed piece. The Marimekko print began life as a garment bag, used for one of my Fairfield Fashion Show Garments....way back when.
The decision to over-dye seemed wise. Unfortunately, these results weren't to my liking either. Gulp, the piece was supposed to be put in the green/blue ice-dye pan....but instead it ended in the jewel tone one. Yuck!
Fiber Junkie member Denny gifted us boxes of Twice Fresh....a powdered chlorine bleach. I randomly sprinkled it onto the very damp fabric and rolled it up. It sat in the sun for 4 or 5 hours.
As as often happens.....fabric backs can surprise and become the favorite. See how the bleach provided little sparks on the fabric? (left-back right-front)The last day is always such a rush as we process the final pans that batched overnight; rinsing, washing, but no time for line drying given the nearly 6 hour drive home. Naturally, there's a lot of other clean up involved as well....as you dyers know well.
So when I arrived home early that evening, I hung the still damp pieces on my antique drying rack. I'd over-dyed a lot of wool and prefer to line dry them.
Kate spotted a brand new designer sheet at a thrift sale for $1.00.......which she shared with us. Is this not amazing?!?
She also gave me some silk noil....my stash is depleted so I was thrilled.....and even happier after seeing these results. It was dyed using our new window screen method.
This is a vintage linen table runner.....cut in half and ice-dyed using different colors.
I also dyed numerous pieces of gauze. This one was initially ice-dyed but hadn't been properly arranged, leaving big areas undyed. So, it was redyed in the microwave using some liquid mixed dyes.
It's so much fun up-cycling fabrics that may not otherwise have had a purpose. I'm already thinking ahead to our next adventure and will be digging in my stash with a very critical eye.