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I Love What I Do!!!

hand dye multiOften. to get the look that I’m after for an art piece,  I have to dye my own fabric.  Now, that’s not something that I see an a hardship – although it is a lot of work:  messy work.  Especially now that I have my own studio with a SINK!!  And there was a reason I wanted to leave the concrete floors “as-is”  during the garage conversion.

So last night I tackled the job at hand and set about to dye several lengths of fabric for a couple of upcoming quilts.  The fabrics were all immersed in their respective color baths and I left them to cure overnight.  This morning, after oohing and aahing at the lineup of color on my worktable, I took the fabric/dyebath containers to the sink one by one to do the rinsing.

So far I’ve discovered that when rinsing “Deep Space” (Dharmatrading),  I rinsed out Purple; when rinsing “Emerald Green” (from Pro Chemical & Dye),  I rinsed out Turquoise, and while I swished around the “Gunmetal Gray” (Dharmatrading),  RED water drained away!

Well, I do realize that a lot of these dyes are mixtures – but I’m always delighted when I see the elements right in front of my eyes.

I’m reminded of being 10 years old and playing with my chemistry set.  This was my favorite toy as a kid.  Mostly I loved mixing the chemicals to see what color I could get.

I LOVE what I do!

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