I had a spare day before Christmas so I whipped up a couple of batches of dye in the backyard and started some long overdue dyeing. Luckily, the weather has been so mild that mixing batches of dye in the backyard wasn't a problem. For those of you unfamiliar with dyeing with Procion MX Dyes, it is best to mix your dyes out of doors so the escaping dye powder doesn't attach itself to anything important........like your couch! Since my dyeing station is in the basement, mixing that powder outside is doubly important as the particles could escape and go through the furnace system. Could you just imagine what the house with look like with specks of Marine Blue all over anything made of fibre???? OUTSIDE IT IS!!!
|Dyeing Station in the basement furnace room.|
|Dyed cheese cloth drying on the rack.|
My friend, Shirley had given me a white damask tablecloth with a nasty red wine stain to play with. That stain wasn't going anywhere despite her best efforts so I thought I'd try over dyeing it. The tablecloth is not 100% cotton though so the dye didn't take as well as it would normally. I told Shirley that she is welcome to throw it in the garbage but I have to say, it's growing on me....
|Shirley's dyed table cloth.|
|Dyed Tea Towels|
Another first this Christmas!! I made Biscotti for our daughter's boyfriend. I can't eat sugar so I couldn't try them myself but since the boyfriend took the remaining ones home, they must have been good enough. Everyone gets a tin of their favourite cookies to eat at Christmas and these were his choice. Others included Butterscotch Oatmeal cookies, Toffee Shortbread and Cheesy Bites.
I hope you all had some memorable times over Christmas. There were a few gifts under the tree with fabric in them for me this year. I'm looking forward to putting them to use! We had one of our best Christmases ever.