Ben didn't want to clean his closet today, (he never does,) so I started ironing my clothes. I love whites, but I have a hard time keeping them so, and some of my T-shirts were looking tired from repeated bleaching. So on impulse, I put them aside, and got out my Japanese indigo dye book, (a book with some shibori techniques,) Connie Rose's sample fabrics, and my sketchbook. Because I don't have any PVC pipes, (the "wrinkly leg warmer" technique is the one I'm most attracted to,) I stitched the smallest T-shirt. I used polyester sewing thread, because I heard polyester doesn't dye, so I hoped it would be easy to pull out.
That's as far as I thought I could go without reading up on cotton dyeing, until I remembered I had some Dylon cold dyes. It's not "proper" dyeing, but nevertheless, this is my first shibori experiment.
The blue looked far less blotchy when I was rinsing, and I was disappointed to see the shirt come out of the washing machine. I think I made it worse in the very last step, hot wash with regular detergent, when I didn't wait for the washing machine to fill up and the detergent to dissolve, but dropped the shirt, turned on the machine and poured the detergent, like a regular hot wash. I am mighty disappointed because I was so very careful up until then. And at this moment the shirt is still damp, so I expect the blue will be lighter tomorrow morning.
I had more dye solution, so I could have done another round, but I was in such a rush to see the stitched part, so I ripped into it. The polyester didn't dye and was easy to see, but in some sections, it broke too easily, and I wondered what caused it to be so brittle, if it would withstand multiple dyeing or stronger chemicals should that be needed in "real" non-Dylon dyes.
I have three more white shirts and two darker tops I can play with. They are all either a bit worn, or have stains I can't remove; they are not new or hand-woven so there is no pressure, but if I am successful, I can wear these around the house. I'd like to try, also, dyeing more than once in different colors.
All that after I get new gloves. And more Orvus.