Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Dyeing for some blue
The hard part is that you're not supposed to introduce oxygen into the pot. I finally figured out to put the lid on the pot when I was going from one step to the other. But it also was contradictory because when the fabric or yarn is in the pot you are supposed to keep it gently stirred but not let any oxygen into the pot. No bubbles so don't wring out the fabric. Don't let it drain back into the pot. It creates bubbles. Don't put it in in a clump because bubbles will escape and get into the dye bath. Stir the fabric but not the vat ( What???). I know what I was doing wrong yesterday and tried to be gentle to the nth degree today. It's a touchy thing. Which makes it all the more magical. How did they know thousands of years ago that this little green leaf will give off this gorgeous color but only if mixed with pee?
I know what you're thinking. I can hear you. "Why didn't she just get a box of RIT and in 15 minutes in the washing machine she'd be done?"