Friday, 1 July 2011
Inspired by a comment from Lynn at Sea Angels a while ago, I decided to have a go at dyeing fabrics.
This oatmeal coloured French linen chemise with simple tucks and initials was my first project....
I dyed it black along with some white Oska linen trousers and a green stripe Noa Noa coat dress that I had accidentally splashed with bleach.
I was delighted with the results, especially the bleach damage which has vanished completely.
Since then there has been no stopping me and yesterday saw the second French chemise enter the indigo blue dye with other things.
The Oska top which was originally lime green, has gone a darker shade of blue compared to the cream chemise which I think makes it all the more interesting.
Needing a few more pieces to dye and with nothing to lose, I decided to throw in these boring off white crochet mats....
They turned out much prettier than I expected and can you believe I hadn't even noticed that they had crochet butterflies around the edge!
This intact and beautifully embroidered runner had been soaked to remove some stains, unfortunately this made the yellow dye of the flowers bleed onto the white linen.
Instead of cutting out the butterflies and discarding the rest, I popped it in with the other things and crossed my fingers.
Not quite what I had hoped for, but it is a learning curve!
( Probably should have just cut out the butterflies as I had planned initially )
Some plain cream, stained linen mats went in too and are now in the process of being printed with a French theme.....
Why not give it a go...especially with old linen.
*Word of warning...some modern clothes have polyester thread which does not take the dye. I still have green thread on the now black Noa Noa coat dress...
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and thank you once again for your kind comments.....they are very much appreciated.
P.S. Sorry about the colour variations and dodgy camera work.....taken on my phone in the Conservatory with the sun playing hide and seek behind the clouds!