Procion MX dyes need 70° temperatures for 4 hours to set but we keep our house at 65° (brr, I know) so it’s hard to do much dyeing in the winter. At 90°F, Procion dyes set in just an hour or two so I couldn’t resist dyeing on an unusually warm April day. All I had to do was get just a little yard work done first.
One of the challeges of having Chronic Fatigue is that I don’t always know when I will run out of energy. Our yard needs a ton of work, so I have been tackling the mulching an hour at a time. That usually leaves me enough energy to eat, help kids with homework, and sometimes even write or sketch for an hour. Unfortunately by the time I got my yard work done, I was done, too.
The first mistake I made was deciding to dye, anyway. Once I am tired, I start making bad decisions.
Then, since I was dyeing, I decided to do a large batch. Then I decided to use a color I haven’t used in a while. And I didn’t look back in my notes so I didn’t remembered that my red dye hues strongly towards fuschia. (That’s mistake #4, if you are keeping track at home).
And my scale was acting up so I eyeballed measurements. And rushed each step. And then when things started to go wrong, I started mixing colors, willy-nilly. Then end result was less than satisfying. 3 mostly-wasted yards — 4 – 1/2 yard pieces and 4 fat quarters.
Not at all the colors I was going for, and far too many mauves, pinks, and purples. I felt pretty demoralized.
Working in the front bed this morning, I discovered that my favorite bush is coming into bloom and my fabrics are the colors of my lilac. So perhaps all is not lost.
I’m certainly glad you told me these were mistakes, because they look beautiful to my eyes. I do see that there are more of the pinks. Best of luck for next time, Katya.
They are pretty, just not at all the colors I was going for. :-)
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