Good day folks. Today we are going to learn how to ruin linen with dyeing. We first start off with a yard of beautiful soft yellow called Golden Steak. If you are a dull stitcher that likes the unbleached monotony, or muted dirty colors, you may not be happy with this. Sitting in a drawer for years, it is time for action.
Sally Fiske is a big girl and after counting the graph many times, I came up 340 x 317 approximate. On 30 count, 21 x 23 stitched. I have an unhealthy fear of cutting into a yard of linen, but this color didn't bother me as much. So I did. My unbleached rolls are saved from slashing once again.
I cut a small piece off the yard for a Santa and tested it in a purplish bath. Violet removes yellow but it's tricky. It was good. So I cut the 28 x 26 piece and dunked it. This is how the linen mottled from dyeing, which has happened before, depending on the color and company. I never figured out why, but think I have an answer now.
This yard was pressed and without creases, yet the original fold lines dyed darker, even though they were not visible before dyeing. I'm assuming that any prior crumpling may somehow break the fibers of the stiffer linens and they grab more dye. Sound reasonable? This dye bath was very concentrated and I think this definitely contributes. A soak in less color may yield a better result than someone (who me?) who is always in a rush and wants a 1 second dip.
Regardless, the color is good, no longer yellow, and the mottling is barely noticeable when dried. It will not be an issue because this design has little background showing, most is filled with letters. Would it really matter if it showed? Some linens are purposely mottled and irregular and this very slight pattern is insignificant in comparison. It kind of looks like my legs. You know, veins? The more I peer above the laptop screen, I like it. And every time I pass for another slice of salami wrapped in provolone, it's appealing. So I have my fabric for Sally and I'm hesitating the start because of her size. I plan on working up a simple small heart design to work on in an effort to stall Sally even longer. If it looks good, I will share it with you.
I also need to ask you about selvage edges and which way is up, down, sideways, correct, and how to tell. Next time.
I need to get back to the cupboards now.
Until then, Bud and I have a question.
Thanks for visiting!!