Well, I wish I had more to show you, all teasing aside . . . When I dumped out the water this morning, there was still a lot of colour in it. So I have now washed and rinsed another three times, not counting quite a while of rinsing under a running tap. (not so ecologic, I know. But if it were possible, I’d be using natural dyes and working outdoors. Then the dye disposal wouldn’t be a problem, at least not with my batch sizes.)
Still too much colour in the rinse water . . .
More rinsing under the tap . . .
Looking better . . .
Nine scarves folded in fours and piled at the edge of the sink. This is really just a ‘teaser’ shot to show some of the detail . . . I thought they were done and ready to hang for drying, then squeezed them out and discovered quite a lot of colour still coming out . . . back to the rinsing . . . good thing I’m patient with process. (actually, sometimes the journey is better than the arrival, in my opinion)
It looks even better in real life . . .
The ribbons, hung to dry. (I just checked them and they are done drying now; it’s been a few hours since I finished the rinsing). I had meant for the top part of each bunch to remain white and then be dyed a different colour (purple? green? rose? hmmmmm……), but the overnight ‘sulking’ caused some of the dye to migrate into the white bits. Oh, well, they’re still pretty. And I can still dye the tops. Not sure if that blue will morph the new colour, but it will be ok; I’m planning to use something harmonious.
So . . . what I have above is three photos, each of one of the stacks hanging up to dry atop the frame that once held shower doors. I folded each scarf in half and then again, then stacked them three to a pile. I just turned them over, but they are drying nicely in spite of the depth of the fabric. Of course, the silk is quite thin. I couldn’t do this with cotton, so will have to figure out a drying system soon. I couldn’t resist giving you at least a peek. Next up . . . an ironing session (love ironing!) and then final photo shoot.
If you want to see some great historic tie dye work, check out Courtenay Pollock’s site and blog. He created the backdrops for the Grateful Dead as well as T-shirts for them and their fans. He’s still working as a tie dye artist, now based in Powell River, BC.
Amazing, aren’t they? 200 hours more or less just folding and tying. 16 panels in all.
As the scarves dry, some of the intensity is lost, but they are still pretty vibrant.
The ribbon is lovely and on the right you can see my ‘test strip’ of a bit of watercolour paper that I dipped in the dye before adding the scarves. I’m finding that’s a good way to preview a colour. The dyebath is darker and more intense, likewise the wet silks.
And while we’re talking about the Dead (if any of you are DeadHeads),
here’s a link to my favourite song of theirs:
“If I knew the way, I would take you home . . . ” Ah, nostalgia . . .
I’ve set myself a date for opening the store, but will wait to announce it, as life is always uncertain. I have a few things to do before I’m ready, like figure out how I will package these for shipping. I have some embellishing to do on a few, too, and that should be loads of fun. Maybe instead of all this posting, I should just install a webcam and you could log on and watch me . . . then again, maybe not. 😉
Well, back to ‘work’ . . . I’ll leave you with two songs.
The first is Runrig’s ‘Oran‘ (Song), which I love and am listening to just now.
It’s in Gaelic, of course, but here are some of the lyrics translated:
Looking out the window of morning
From the evening to the door of night
I asked the question
and the answer was in the water
It was the earth.
Sing, sing, sing
A new song, a song of the dust
Sunday’s breakfast: Norske Egg Pancakes, Strawberries, Blueberries, Ice Cream, and honey sent to me by my sweet sister in New Mexico. The honey is from Colorado.
And what would a post on the Blues be without a blues song or three?
Got my mojo workin’ – Muddy Waters
Frankie – Mississippi John Hurt
Crawling up a hill – John Mayall