So much of my dyeing process is about changing the state of something and combining opposites. Start with white fabric, add wax, add salt, water, and dye, drain, add fresh water and boil, end with yards of saturated colors and different patterns. I often fancy myself some sort of an alchemist.
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
- Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 1*
I have no doubt that the magic in the process is what keeps me so hooked. I really don't know what I would do if I couldn't have this level of engagement with adding wax and color to fabric. Preposterous, undoubtedly! But how I love it...
I've been boiling out yards and yards of fabric over the last few days and will continue to do so for most of this week. I'll be posting some preview pics as I get them.
In the meantime, here's a shot of some unboiled hot pink fabric. You can see the top piece from this picture in the boil photo at the top, all friendly with the orange.
I'm loving these hot summer colors. Yum!
*Shakespeare, William. The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare: The Complete Works Annotated. Howard Staunton ed. New York: Gramercy Books, 1993.