Usually I am in the dye studio on a Saturday but since I dyed 45 yards last Saturday I decided to take this weekend for sewing. Besides I still don't have all of the new fabric in the shop yet!
My weekend actually kicked off last night with a visit from my friend Cindy. We met in a class I taught at my favorite LQS. She is a master yard-saler and thrifter. She finds the most amazing deals and she keeps an eye out for linens for me that I can dye. Here's the haul that she brought to me last night. Thanks Cindy! Next time I will make sure Chris is in town to fix a proper meal.
These napkins are in the current batch and I think they will be the inspiration for my next set of placemats!
Today I got the center of my Teal Tomorrow quilt put together. I really like how this one looks. I auditioned fabrics for the borders.
In the end I decided that I would dye two fabrics and picked these two. What do you think?
Tomorrow I will be working on the Keepsakes quilts again. It's also the drawing day for my first retirement countdown. If you haven't entered yet be sure to go to this post and enter!
Yesterday I showed you my big jar of fabrics. I only had 9 photos of the layers but I really did have 10 fabrics so I missed a photo of one of the layers. Today I got all 45 yards washed and ironed but today I only have the 10 fro the parfait ready to share.
This photo shows them almost in the order they were layered I the jar with the bottom fabric on the left and the top fabric on the right. I have a couple of the middle ones in the wrong order but you get the idea. As I was dyeing each layer I paid close attention to the previous layer. I tried to alternate light and dark values and I tried not to put complimentary colors on adjacent layers. I do use complimentary colors a lot in my dyeing because I often want brown but in this one I knew that I was going to get some complex colors with so many layers so I tried to keep the individual layers from being a complimentary color to the next layer (no purple next to yellow, red next to green or blue next to orange).I am certain that I have layers 5 - 8 out of order but I got tired of trying to figure them out. Regardless, I am very happy with all 10 fabrics!
Layer 1 - Bright yellow, fabric is pleated and twisted
Layer 2 - pinkish red, pleated in the middle, scrunched on the sides
Layer 3 - bright blue, scrunched
Layer 4 - lime green, spiral pleated
Layer 5 light blue, scrunched
Layer 6 - pleated and rolled, red
Layer 7 - spiral pleated, gold
Layer 8 - fuchsia, pleated
Layer 9 - diagonal pleat, black
Layer 10 - pleated in the middle, scrunched on the sides, red
Be sure to check in at the blog EACH MONDAY for the next 6 weeks to enter a drawing for one of these fabrics!
Since I've started my retirement countdown I seem to be very focused on numbers. Today's number is 45.
That's how many yards of fabric I dyed today. This is the set up I use for batching my fabrics in cooler months. I would normally batch outside on a pretty day like today but I had enough allergy exposure yesterday. This method works great. I have this wire shelving surrounded on 3 sides and the top with old blankets. There's a space heater set in front of it. I run the heater long enough to warm up the space and then turn the heater off and cover the front of the shelving. It stays nice and cozy in there while the dyes batch.
I normally dye between 20 and 30 yards in one session. I had a lot I wanted to do today so I just went for it! I'm not sure I will have the energy to do any rinsing tonight. That may wait until tomorrow. My back isn't thrilled with me either but it's going to have to learn to get with the program!
I usually try something new in each dye session. This time it was a 9 (or maybe 10) layer parfait. A few weeks ago I bought this large jar for Chris to make pickled eggs. He decided that he wasn't going to use it after all. I was pondering doing a multi-layer parfait in it when I saw Judi's post where she did the same thing, IN THE SAME JAR! She posted her results here.
That was all the incentive I needed. These fabrics are intended to be the prize fabrics for my upcoming 6 weeks of retirement countdown....unless they look like dog poo or something, then I will pick something different for the prizes.
I thought I put in 10 fabrics and took a photo of each layer but I only have 9 photos. Rinsing these fabrics could be a surprise in many ways! Each fabric is 1 yard in length.
Here's how the layers were dyed. The photo colors aren't exactly true - my bright yellow tablecloth confused the camera. For example, fabric #2 is more of a bright fuchsia and #9 is fire engine red. We will see how they turn out and maybe these photos will help me reconstruct the layers when the fabrics are done.