Dye plus a batch of doilies equals a messy kitchen for a week; it’s addictive, you will skulk around the house, prowling for things to dye! I found these great doilies in the opshop, looks like someone had unpicked a tablecloth, thanks so much you saved me hours and hours of work.
I also bought the dyes (unopened, contained full instructions) at the oppy too, amazing what people throw out, so instead of paying $9 per colour i paid just $2…
Above are some of the doilies i dipped and left in dye (except the green one which was decorated via eye dropper). I took a bunch to the brand new monthly handmade Creative Markets at Murrajong Rd, Springwood as sets of drinks coasters and i sold half! Thanks to my cousin Rebecca for that suggestion.
Above i am re-dying a yellow doily buy plonking its skirt in maroon dye. I didn’t even string it up, it just sat fine.
5 tips on dying i learned through
- Follow the instructions (including wet the fabric first as otherwise the dye doesn’t steep as well)
- Break all the rules. I didn’t want my dye to keep boiling in a saucepan (splashing my second colour) so i just used boiling water in a glass dish. When the dye mix got cool i microwaved it or used a water bath on the stove til was heated through again.
- Rinse really, really, really well! Really!! i thought i’d rinsed well but when i threw them in a rinse cycle in my washing machine some of the colours ran into each other slightly.
- Wear gloves!
- Use tongs in hot dye!
I have frozen my dye batches hoping to use them again, i’ll let you know how it goes!