Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dyeing Before Christmas

Hello Quilters!
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 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.
About a year ago I noticed an article in Martha Stewart Living magazine about dyeing tea towels that you buy very cheaply at IKEA.  Sounded good to me!  Luckily, my wonderful sister-in-law lives in Ottawa and was willing to ship me some. They cost 69 cents each and are white with a red stripe up each side.  (Yes, I just checked and they are called "TELKA" and are 69 cents each. )  Here is the result of dyeing the tea towels.
Dyed Tea Towels
Dyeing the tea towels was great fun.  I have enough to last me a couple of years.  At first, I thought I might be able to use them for hostess gifts but I think they are a little strange for most people.  Quilters might really like them but would probably never use them.......fondle yes, dry dishes.....not so much!

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.


  1. Loved seeing your dying projects Heather.
    Happy New Year and all the best for 2015.