Over the years I have realized that I often do my best thinking and planning when I am in the shower and sometimes it gets me into trouble….as it did yesterday.
You see, I am working on a pictorial quilt and have been experimenting with using RIT dyes on some of the fabrics…..more about this in another post. Yesterday morning, just as I was heading to the shower, I realized that I wasn’t happy with the coloring of the bottom part of the quilt. As I thought about it (while showering), I decided to take the bottom bit off and try over-dyeing it to see if I could fix the color. I knew that I was going to change it anyway, so I figured I would try this first.
Naturally, I couldn’t wait until I was dressed and ready to sew, so I wrapped the towel around my mid section, closed the blinds and headed into my studio. The first thought was that I would simply see how hard it was going to be to unpick the section. Well, that was easy enough. So, why not go ahead and do the dyeing……still wrapped in the towel and with my hair drying plastered to my head.
After dyeing, rinsing, hand-washing and rinsing again I took the piece to the ironing board and proceeded to dry it with the iron. Not dark enough….so back to the dye bath….this time for a longer time period. I went through the same procedure and discovered that this time it had just turned to a muddy grey and would not be usable…..Oh well, it was worth a try.
Back to the bathroom to put my make-up on. While standing there, thinking about whether or not I had an appropriate fabric to use, I had the brilliant idea to use one of the fabrics from the top of the quilt, but to OVER-DYE it to make it a bit darker. (Do you see a theme here?) Since I didn’t know how long the dye bath would be usable I ran to the kitchen to dye this piece…..ha….success.
Back to the bathroom to re-wet my now dry hair and try to style it into something not resembling a bad wig. As I am getting dressed, I suddenly remember that the base fabric that I had originally used had been over-dyed as well and that I would need to do the same for this new section. Off again, this time half dressed, to over dye this final piece.
At the end of my one hour delay, I was clean, coiffed and ready to sew. AND, I had two new colors of fabric to work with. It was worth it, but I am just glad that no one else was home!!!