Wednesday, 2 May 2018

WIPW - Ruby's Edge and Dyeing Lace

It is time to show what Work In Progress Wednesday, I have made.

Crazy for Crazy

The Ruby Red Octagon block has got a black edge.


I have selected the material for the next block,
which will be light teal with peach embellishments.
You can see I have already made some buttons (I will show case them in a later post), and taken out the set of fabric dye I purchased at the quilt festival in Tokyo Dome back in January..

So, what did I dye? Well, the white lace needed to blend in.

To get the shade of teal I wanted, I needed blue, yellow and black dye, a plastic cup, a plastic bag, the lace and water.

A drop of yellow, one of blue and the tiniest drop of black,
 were watered down with a spritz of water,


then poured into a plastic bag with the damp lace.

The dye was massaged into the lace inside the bag, my hands stayed clean and unstained.

After 20 seconds the lace was taken out to dry
 and finally ironed.

I am very pleased with the result - it was my first attempt at dyeing anything!
For small items this method seems great.









18 comments:

  1. The dyed colour is perfect. Looking forward to seeing your next crazy block.

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    1. It is really fun to select TAST and SSS stitches to use for the seams, as well as learning to make buttons and braids.

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  2. A lovely delicate shade - well done!

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    1. I don't know if it was beginner's luck, but I hope future dyeing sessions will be as successful.

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  3. Your ruby block turned out so pretty! What a great way to dye a small piece.

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    1. For each block I am making, I am enjoying the process more and more. The ruby block had some challenging fabric, slippery silk, plush velvet and netting.
      I saw a demonstration for dying small pieces of fabric in a plastic bag at the trader's stand in Tokyo Dome, and thought I would give it a try. I don't regret my purchase!

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  4. Another beautiful finish Queenie.
    I like that dyeing process, good results with minimal mess.
    One reason I don't do any dyeing is the clean up and storage issue.
    That looks doable.

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    1. It IS doable, and perfect for dyeing very small items, a skein of thread, a pice of lace, a scrap of fabric.

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  5. You did very well with the challenging fabric resulting in a pretty block. I've read about using a plastic bag for dying but I always forget.

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    1. It was a very mess-free way of dyeing. I will be 'tailor dyeing' other things to fit this quilt.

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  6. I like the finished red hexagonal with the darker trim. Your post on dyeing is interesting. It appears easy,very economical and you end with clean hands too.

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    1. Indigo dyeing is very popular in Japan, and the professionals walk around with blue hands, as if they were wearing gloves or had tattooed every millimeter of their hands. I have to stay clean for work, so no bare-hand dyeing for me!

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  7. The ruby block looks fabulous! I love it! thanks for sharing the process of dyeing! it seems easy when you do it!

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    1. If you ever want to have a special shade of fabric or thread, then this is the way to colour white fabric into the desired shade.

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  8. that's genius!! that might actually persuade me to try dying!

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    1. This method was so easy, I will be using it a lot in future.

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  9. That block is lovely and I love those Dorset buttons

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    1. Making Dorset buttons is hypnotizing!

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