Following on from my previous post on the stitching and dyeing process, it’s time to take a peek and see how it turned out.
It took an insane amount of water to wash the dye out. Because of the drought we’ve had to have water trucked in, and I really hated to be wasting so much of it. Much of the dye hadn’t bonded to the fabric, so what looked like a very inky colour ended up being two shades lighter after the fabric was washed, and another two shades lighter again after it dried. When I did the last dunking, the vat was starting to get a bit cloudy, and I think that is where I’ve come unstuck as the colour was actually lighter after the last dunk than before it went in. From what I’ve since read, it has cloudiness ( a sign that the ph was not right and oxygen was in the vat) caused the dye to unbond from the fabric. Oh well, less impatience and more care needed next time.
But, I am excited that the pattern shows up quite well. From a distance it looks quite good. Close up, there is a lot of variation in the colour which I was hoping to minimise. I was a bit disappointed at first, but I’m starting to like it. For a first try, I think it’s pretty good.
So, now the next step is to decide what to make with it. Some doodles to ponder… Which do you like the best?