We have been Airbnb hosts since September 2011 and we have one family that has visited us every year in June. They were pregnant with their 5th child in the first year and now have 6. These kids are the best behaved kids I've ever been around. They are also outside kids. They don't play video games. They run around barefoot on the gravel driveway, play Frisbee, chase frogs and catch fireflies. I look forward to seeing them every year. It's a joy to watch kids really play.
This year I offered to tie dye with them.
When they visit they are here for 3 nights and are gone all day until about 7 pm. To accommodate their schedule we tied Thursday night and dyed Friday night. They told me the colors they wanted Thursday so that I had everything ready to go when they got back Friday. I washed the shirts out Saturday morning so that I could soak them all day. A final wash about 6pm and I had the shirts ready when they came home Saturday evening.
Dad declined a shirt but Mom participated. She and her only daughter went pink/purple with their shirts.
After they got home they donned their shirts to send me a family photo.
They are a very happy family! I'm already looking forward to their visit next year.
My family is having a beach vacation together this summer and I though it would be a great idea to make tie dye beach towels for everyone....all 16 of everyone! I started dyeing them last Fall and just finished last week. Here are the last 7.
I didn't really dye any of them with specific colors for specific people except for maybe the brown and green one. That one is a camouflage look and I'm thinking my middle brother might prefer it. But he doesn't have to take it because I made a few extra.
By the time I got to the last one I had run out of steam and I had a lot of partial bottles of dye that I needed to use. I realized that they were all reds and blues so I mixed them together, dumped them int he bin and just plopped the beach towel in to see what would happen. By the morning the whole towel looked purple in the bin so the dye soaked all the way through.
Doesn't it figure? It's the best of the bunch! At last it's the best according to Chris. He loves this one.
I have one brother who hates tie dye of any kind so I bought him this one. He loves Guy Harvey clothing so I know he will be thrilled with this.
I'm ready for the beach!
Next year I'm going to make something smaller.
Last week's dyeing was mostly about tie dyeing. A friend wanted some new shirts so I dyed these for her. She wanted 3 but I dyed one extra so she would have a little bit of a choice. If anyone wants the red/purple heart one it's a size small and is $20. Just leave a note on the comments.
I dyed 2 sets of these cute onesies for babies that are coming soon. Both are girls and due within a month of each other, one on the East Coast and one on the West. I think they will look really cute in these.
This weekend I taught the new owners at The Longarm Network. That's always a fun day and it was a great class. Yesterday I finally got our tax info together to deliver Tuesday and I started quilting a sample for a new class on fills that I'll be teaching at The Longarm Network in the next couple of months. I'll post links once the classes are up.
I didn't get anything productive done yesterday because I finally had lunch with my cousin (after postponing 3 times) and last night I taught my online selling class at Visual Arts. I don't mind not accomplishing much because it was fabulous to get out! Class was fun once I rode around the block 3 times to find parking.
But this morning I found more photos that I had not edited yet. I think all of these are from December and they are all shirts.
Let's start withe the most important and most boring. Gotta keep the husband happy and he specifically requested cammo. He picked the 3 colors and is thrilled with his new shirts. Nothing's easier than these!
I showed this spiral yesterday but the right side was covered. This was another shirt that I wanted to do leaving some of the shirt white. I'm sure I'm going to play with this concept more.
This one doesn't speak to everyone but I love it! It was folded the way that I fold the mandalas and it was part of the December snow dyeing session. I think it's really cool.
I also bought some hemostats to use instead of tying. The two pieces on the left are my first attempts at using hemostats. The shirt on the right is the blue and white one in the second photo. When I want to make sure that color doesn't get where I don't want it I wrap it in plastic.
Baby onesies are so cute to dye. One of my friends is a first time grandmother and I sent these to her. The heart is tied and the mandala is the clamped on on the left in the photo above. Not the most successful clamping but I learned something and this will be fine once the baby pukes on it.
This is my shirt and it's the middle one in the photo above. I'm quite pleased with this one!
Today I'm prepping my dyeing and will do my dyeing tomorrow. Maybe, just maybe, I can do something fun tonight.
Now that I've returned to mostly normal I've started to dig out of my backlog of stuff. I have yards and yards of fabric to iron and post and, it turns out, lots of photos to edit and post from past dyeing sessions. Here are the first of the dyeing photos.
I'm making a lot of tie dye beach towels for my family's beach trip in May. I thought this was going to be a surprise for them but realized last week that my brother reads my blog so it won't be a surprise for everyone. I'm dyeing them all in spiral motifs. I have the most recent 3 to share today and even remembered to take a photo of the dye application so you can see how I made them. I think I still have about 8 beach towels left to dye before May.
Most of the spirals that I dye are done with full color saturation like this one.
I'm starting to play around with keeping some white areas and that's what I did with this one. The white doesn't show as much as you would expect.
This one turned out even better than I expected. I love the bits of red outlining the black spirals. I do need to get better at taking the time to make sure my twisted fabric stays round after I soda soak it. Flat spirals aren't ideal and I think that's happening from the way I handle it after I soda soak it and before I dye it.
I saw some shirts on the Facebook Tie-Dyeing group where the spiral didn't go all the way to the edge of the shirt. I liked the effect and decided to try it on a shirt for Chris in UVA colors. Pretty cool.
Tomorrow I may have some more dyeing results or even a couple of new things in the shop. It all depends on what I get done this afternoon before I head off to teach as Visual Arts tonight.
I decided that the dyeing that I do this week will be for myself and that means tie dyeing! Yesterday I tied and soda soaked all of these and will dye them today.
I've got 3 beach towels, sone baby clothes and a few t-shirts to try out some new techniques and my new set of hemostats.
I'll be back next week with the results. I"m going to take off the rest of this week and probably early next week for my holiday break.
Whatever you celebrate, I hope it's fabulous!
On Monday I shared the shirts that I dyed for my brother and my friend's husband. Today's things are mostly all things I dyed for myself.
I don't even remember buying these shirts at Target so who knows how long they've been waiting for some color. I found them last week and added them to the pile. Both are ice dyed and I'm really pleased with both. By Spring I probably won't remember them again!
This is just a really old shirt that I stopped wearing. I pleated it and put it in the bottom of the bin. As the dye dripped through the items on the screen the leftover dye drips into the bottom of the bin and settled on this shirt. I think this one needs a little screen printing or something else added to it.
This is a tunic that I bought from Dharma Trading. I originally dyed it the green, purple and red and hated it. I decided to pleat it and overdye it black. I like the added black streaks much better. Trust me, it looks better on and should work well with black leggings.
It turns out that leggings are a lot of fun to dye and the leggings from Dharma are really well made. They are beefy and last a long time. The ones on the left are capri length. The one on the right is full length (I'm showing front and back). It only matters what the legs look like, I always make sure my widest part is covered. No one needs to see that.
I also had a stack of Dharma's feed sack towels and folded a few to fill out some empty space in my ice dyeing bins. I love how these turned out and gave the pink and purple one away as a door prize at our quilt club meeting last night. I want to give these as gifts but I'm finding that I'm a little attached to them!
There are 2 guys in my life who love tie dyed shirts. Chris will wear them occasionally but he doesn't "love" them. Kim's husband, Jamie, loves them and, best I can tell, wears them every day. My brother, Tim, loves them too. It's good to have both of them because occasionally I get in a tie dye mood and I know I have someone to give the shirts too.
Lately I've been in a tie and ice dyeing mood so they are getting new shirts. Some are winners but a couple should become work shirts right away. Here are the newest shirts for Jamie and Tim.
Both of these were dyed the same; one for each of them. They didn't turn out quite like I envisioned but they aren't total failures either.
These are both for Jamie. The one on the left is one of the coolest shirts I've ever dyed. Both of these were ice dyed and you really have no idea what you are getting when you start. I never intended for the one on the right to have so much purple. It's kind of cool from a texture and pattern point of view but I'm not sold on the colors. Not sure what he will think of it either! it doesn't have much of a "dude" vibe.
The rest of the shirts are for Tim. He really prefers muted colors like black and camouflage. I really hope he likes this one because it took forever to tie and dye.
This is what it looked like while I was tying it. As I dyed each bulls eye I covered it in plastic to keep other dye from migrating on it.
Both of these were tie dyed and the one on the left turned out exactly like I planned. The one on the right, not so much. I still like it but t shirt fabric is too thick to tie successfully. I really need to invest in a big set of hemostats so I can clamp the designs.
I expect that the spiral on the left is going to be his favorite of the bunch. The one on the right is horrible. It was ice dyed and I think it will get a second trip through the process. I fix a lot of sins that way. I'll fold it exactly the same as before and just add more dye.
I have more clothes and shirts (all for me) to share on another day. I'll just leave by saying that dyeing leggings is so much fun!
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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