Left: you can see what I mean by ‘teensy ties’, can’t you? This was taken through Mum’s lit magnifying glass on a floor stand. On the right, one of the ties about to be undone. There is a trick to this; you have to begin at the proper end of the thread or it’s very hard to undo. Once you start in the right place, it goes much faster. Altogether, it took me three hours to remove all the threads.
Left: here you can see the ball of threads already removed; I was about a third of the way through. On the right, a close-up showing some ties remaining, others undone.
Left, the final tied end (I thought; later I found one more very small one) Right, the final ball of removed threads. They must be cotton; they didn’t take the dye. I’m saving them to use in another tie-dye project some day soon. Waste not, want not! 😉
The photo on the right is closest of them all to an accurate depiction of the colour. On the left, the project with the ties undone, but the stitching around the edge still in place.
The project spread out and anchored on top of Mum’s bed. It’s almost the size of the bed, even with the crinkled texture from being tied so tightly. One picture is the front, the other is the back; I can’t remember now which is which, but I think the front is on the left.
Left, a close-up of the back; Right, a close-up of the front.
Have you guessed what it is yet? No? I could wait and tell you tomorrow, but you’ve all been very good and practised Anticipation very studiously, so I’ll tell you now:
It’s a Bandhani Shawl. The silk piece is hand-tied in India, then dyed by me. The ties give it a very deep texture, so it must be dry-cleaned. If it is washed, it will still be pretty, but will then be quite flat. The texture also makes it quite stretchy (that’s why you can see various items holding down the corners. It’s opened up a bit with the stretching. I think that when worn, it will cling in a very nice way to the wearer. Next time I get the chance, I’ll see if I can get a friend to model it for me.
Next up: a dye lot with the lovely blue colour (and who knows how THAT will turn out?). I have more of the scarves to dye, plus another shawl. This time, I won’t dye the entire shawl one colour; instead, I plan to paint it with different colours. That should be quite pretty, judging by how this one turned out. Stay tuned . . . and thanks for your patience!
I have more colours, too, and I do love mixing my own, so you never know what will show up here after the blues . . . isn’t this fun? I’m just dyeing to do more . . . 🙂