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Never enough time

to get everything done. I’ve been working on dyeing cross stitching fabric for a while and may finally have gotten to the end of the unprocessed fabrics for now.

What I’ve been working on are pieces using a 2 step process. Yesterday, I soaked aida and linen pieces with soda ash/salt solution and scrunched, swirled, or twirled each one. I mixed some dyes and sprayed the tops of the folds, covered them with plastic wrap to keep everything moist.

Today I washed the pieces and dried them. Then I hung them up to take pictures. If I was paying more attention, I would have used a uniform size for cropping the pics.

My plan is to show the same pieces after the second step was done today. That step involved using either Mist Gray or Shiitake Mushroom from Dharma as an overall dye. I’m excited for the washout tomorrow to see what has happened in the process.

This piece was not part of this latest experiment. It’s a piece of Zweigart linen that I used a multi step process on. It’s going to a good home with Judy who can actually see to stitch on it. I want to be able to use linen so badly but just have to accept that my eyes aren’t good enough for that to happen.

This is a big piece. It’s at least 1/2 yard. I didn’t like it at all to begin with but it grows on me as time goes by.

The next piece is a printed aida that was much darker than expected.

Please click the link to see it at the Etsy shop.

I bought it when I first started cross-stitching again and I just don’t care for the printed fabrics so I won’t buy more but I’ll use this for sure now. I decided to see how it would over-dye and wondered if the back would yield a good result.

This is the back side and I love it. The printed side is just darker altogether and not something I’ll use. I should have pressed it before taking the pic because you can see the fold down the center.

So, if you have printed aida that you wish you didn’t have, you can do the same thing with yours or you can send it to me to play with but I can’t promise you’ll get it back! I can promise that I’ll “try” to post what happens with it.

Hopefully tomorrow after the wash-out, I’ll get the second part of this post done so you can see what I get. It’s like opening Christmas gifts.

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