Wednesday, May 27, 2009

RIT dye

I've never used RIT dye before to dye fabric and when I saw Daffy's tutorial, I had to give it a try. I was told I could find RIT dye in the laundry aisle at the grocery store. I checked there, but couldn't find it. Would you believe that my dh knew where it was?! It was located with the shoe polish. I was shocked at his knowledge. You know, after 8 years together (4 years married) he still amazes me. Sounds to me we still have promising years ahead of us. =) Anyway, I bought four different colors: Royal Blue, Taupe, Wine and Purple. I used the Taupe today and I'm happy with the results.

Here's the linen before the dyeing process ~ 32 ct cream.

Here's the linen after the dyeing process. I wanted the mottled look and I got just that. Thanks Daffy for the wonderful dyeing tutorial.

Cameron has really changed over the last couple weeks, but there's been a remarkable change in the last few days. I can't pinpoint the exact difference, but he's definitely maturing. He plays more as opposed to just throwing things and causing a mess. Don't think positively though...he's still throwing things and making a mess, and we still can't have our chairs around our kitchen table, but he is becoming a more "playful" child.

Lately, he's been putting my flip-flops on and surprisingly he gets them on correctly which is amazing. I was in the kitchen and I heard what sounded like shuffling (instead of walking) so I turned and there my little man was with my flip-flops on his feet. Later in the day, he came running totally excited and pointing in the direction of his barn (he still isn't speaking words, but I can translate the baby/toddler language), so I followed right behind him. Apparently Spock and Capt. Kirk visited the barnyard animals...and boy did they have an interesting time here on Planet Earth!

I've been working on only two projects right now. The Traveling Stitcher by LHN and Susan's Sweet Tin by Susan Greening Davis. I'm really into these and am nearing the halfway point with both if not further than that. I don't have progress photos now, but I'll take some soon and share. I'm off to sit and stitch a bit, and get off my bad knee, while Cameron naps. Plus, me and Jose are watching Season 9 of Friends.

Talk soon!


Anonymous said...

What an artfully posed picture, Julie. I, who am familiar with the items in the picture, was impressed. Sally

Daffycat said...

Excellent job, Julie! That is a luscious color you produced...much like tea-dyeing. I think I'll give taupe a try!

Deb said...

I like your dyeing attempts. I think that I'll have to check out the tutorial and give it a try.

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Good for you, sounds like you're having fun, nice die job! This is funny, I had my hand on RIT dye yesterday and put it back cause I chickened out:) Am glad to see what the *taupe* results are for you. I bought fabric paint for a buck instead and might give it a whirl on some scraps:)

Stitchin Sweet Sue

Siobhan said...

Great job, Julie! YGG! I love your new blog header photo, too.