Wednesday, July 11, 2012


I'm dyeing fabric today. I've done two shades of periwinkle and two shades of chartreuse. I get so inspired watching the fabric change in the dye bath. When I start, I don't know what I'll make with them, but then as I watch over them, the inspiration floods in. Each batch takes 50 minutes, and I do two batches at a time. Next is coral pink. Hopefully I can do sky blue today as well. Ill post a photo in this post tonight And I finished my smocking. I need one of those wash out blue pens!

Update: The pink SO did not work out. I stopped for the day. I like these colors. I'll do four batches tomorrow and four batches on Friday. Then I'll have a collection of all my colors. And there are three new dyes I need, too. At least three. Maybe four. First I need money!

Update 2: I was up in the middle of the night and dyed four more batches. Six more batches to do, after I get some more salt. Probably not today. These are sage green and sky blue.


  1. The blue and the green look so pretty together. Is this the green you wanted to smock with pink? I understand the thrill of dying is that you never really know exactly how it's going to look. That allows for disappointment, of course, but hey, that the price we pay for excitement.

    1. No, I'm using a different green that I dyed last year. I didn't like it at the time, but I like it now. I smocked it in white and I need machine thread in the right color to finish it. I use cotton thread, of course!

    2. Of course! I hate cheap thread, snarling up, gunking up my sewing machine. what I'm trying to find now is really fine sewing thread. The usual stuff is a little distracting on scaled-down clothes.

    3. I've used Madera Tanne 50 for lace, but I think it's a machine thread. It's finer than the cotton I'm using now and comes in a bunch of colors.

    4. Thank you. I'll see if I can track some down.