I recently took a couple of Craftsy classes on hand dyeing fabric and patterning fabric using wax resists. Today I got to try out a batch of hand dyed fabrics. You have to wait 24 hours before you get to see how they turn out. I keep counting the hours on my fingers, but alas, it’s not tomorrow yet! I’m still waiting for my electric skillet to arrive, so I couldn’t try out the wax resists just yet, but there were more than enough techniques to try out this time around.
The instructor for the hand dyed fabric class was Jane Dunnewold. She did a great job of explaining the whole process! This class was exactly what I hoped it would be. I used Pimatex cotton and Procion MX Fiber reactive dyes. My end goal is to use these hand dyed fabrics in my own quilts. I tried out almost all of the manipulations she suggested in the course (the ones I had the supplies for), and I tried a few of my own as well. The possibilities seem endless with this process, especially once I’m able to add wax resist to the mix.
I bought 8 colors of dye, so I made up a little cup of each one. This will be a test run to see how each of the colors turn out, and then I can start playing with mixing colors.
It’s all a bit of an experiment, but I can’t wait to see how they turn out. I can’t wash them out until mid-day tomorrow…15 hours to go! (This is not a hobby for the impatient.) I will post more photos once they’re finished and washed out!