As i mentioned in a previous post, learning to work with the vagaries of water in natural dyeing is a prerequisite to knowing what colour you will end up with! (Although it can still be a wee bit unpredictable, but that’s for another time.) Honestly, it’s mind boggling that SO many things can influence this, from mineral content, Ph, hardness, enzymes and, if on “public water”, the additives used in city water treatment facilities. We never noticed the smell of bleach in our water at the old house, but sure as hell do here.
I checked with various water treatment companies and ascertained that boiling water for 20 minutes would off gas the chlorine MUCH faster than letting it sit overnight to dissipate and doesn’t need to be in a really wide mouthed container as off gassing would require. Bonus, several dye pots have now been boiled clean 🙂 Adding ascorbic acid will also facilitate removing the chlorine, but i have none, and it does raise the acidity of the water (Ph), so not going there.
Of course, IF THE MAN WOULD REPLACE THE DAMN MEMBRANE IN THE REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER FILTER TANK, all of this would be a moot point because that’s part of
its his its job……………………………………………………… ∇
Now i have to wait for it to cool down, because i want to do madder today and the temp can’t be over 60C, and boiling water is obviously 100C. Between the steam from the pot, and the smell of rhubarb root being dried in the oven, it’s rather witchy in here right now. CACKLE.
HEY! I live in Calgary. It’s winter. Calgary in winter is cold. Calgary has temps right now of -24C. Well, duh, Captain Obvious, stick it outside on the snowed over patio.
‘kay, moving on.
Remember that weekly plan thing i was working from? It’s only been a week since i started it, but happy to say, it helped. I crossed off a few things as DONE, migrated some to next week (which i figured would happen anyways, as that’s the way lists go, period), and have a new plan for the 20th to 24th, which is slated for JUST STITCHING. As much as i love the dyeing, i also love the “making from” part, or what’s the point?
So, here are this week’s Velvetarian’s Delight(s). These are packs of 3 colours, and each pack is sold separately:
Above, 3 packs available. Below, 1 pack available.
Below, 1 pack available, BUT i love this combination so much myself, that i’m going to try to create more of these colours!
I am offering these packs in the shop now, and for less than they were before for the 3 pieces per pack. Unfortunately, my supplier sent me cloth from a different bolt (hey it happens, they run out), and these are thinner than previous, while some have flaws as well. They are still luscious, fun to fondle, in delicious colours, and actually the thinner quality makes them more malleable, more liquid and easier to manipulate. I do suggest however that they be interlined with a soft cotton of toning colour so that stitches and beading show better.
I have GOT to get some threads wound and prepped for dyeing as well–i’m coveting that lilac and the moss for my own use!