I just spent more days than I care to remember in bed because of hay fever, possibly also the Australian bush fire smoke, partially due to bad prescription meds, And because I'm ill-disciplined, instead of reading books, making drafts, I gazed at drawings and dyed fabric on Pinterest some of the time, (not bad,) but read and listened to podcasts on Brexit and Impeachment, (bad!) I changed my meds regime and quit the antihistamine on my own initiative, on the premise I can tell when something is bad for me, (the meds, not all the screen stuff, :-P,) so today at least I'm not walking into doors and pillars.
We've had rain which usually help, but during and in between we also have strong wind, so in terms of freewheeling particles, they cancel each other.
I've been dying to finish the elephant warp on the big loom, thread the Klik for the another blue blanket sample, and make a draft for an orange-to-yellow cashmere warp I put on an 8-shaft, but haven't been able to, because the antihistamine prevented me from sticking to a thought or operate my body in a more-or-less coordinated way.
Before it got so bad, I managed some dyeing with different degrees of success; you've seen these if we're FB friends.
Dianne, on the other hand, says, "Really like the contrast, boring otherwise," so there's that.
All four pieces were in the same dye bath but for different duration and agitation. After I took out all these pieces, I dropped this top to soak up as much color as was left in the dye bath. The horrible purple/pink blotches are less noticeable now, but when I have another blue/navy batch, it will go have another bath. I really regret having played with bleach, even though the top was already old and fading on the shoulder and back. It now needs mending around the cuffs and neck as well, and the thick cotton fabric is turning tough as old, scorched leather.
There is a smaller circle on the right sleeve. All three oroange shirts were in the same dye bath, but this for 35 minutes.
This was unfortunate. I had a circle of the same size in the middle when I dyed this yellow first, too dull and not showing off the circle as we'd hoped. (C. f. the leaves shirt below.) So I added two circles which were supposed to overlap. but the orange obliterated it, and now the shirt has a permanently stunned look. I am going to do another color on this, but I haven't figured out where to put the pattern, its/their size/s, and the color/intensity of the next color so as not to kill the yellow and orange completely, but make it look more interesting. Any advice appreciated!! This shirt sat in the dye bath for 20 minutes.
This was a calamity. Remember the lacking-in-contrast-yet-pleasing-shaped result below?
I found a tiny tear at the
bottom of the bottom leaf, (not seen in this photo but seen as a white dot in the ruined version above;) I must have
caught the fabric when I cut the tying threads but it didn't show up
until Ben wore it and I washed it maybe three times. I mended the
tiny tear and added two small circles just
for fun, and stuck it in the dye bath for 10 minutes. I imagined the
mending to blend in with the fabric, and perhaps two vague blobs floating around the leaves.
Neither happened. This
one will absolutely have another layer or two, and I've been
staring/glaring at it for hours for over a week but I have no idea how I'm going to go
I've gotten fussier when I'm stitching/tying, but there's still a lot left for luck, and when I look at photos on Pinterest, I'm amazed how well-controlled and precise many of the designs are. Perhaps I practiced more with thin woven fabric rather than knit garments, my shapes might come out tidier?
In addition to these do-overs, I have one last white shirt for me, and one thick gray I ruined spilling bleach on one sleeve I want to rescue. I have two small packs of Dylon dyes which is what I have been using all along, but last week I dug into my old dye drawer and found tiny packs of sample colors suitable for cotton, so I hope to use some of those in due course. I also have this crazy idea of making baggy, for-home-only pants for Ben and me and dyeing them bigly and boldly, but I haven't told him yet.