Colour numbers and names are changing….. Here are Mettler 547yd spools of 50wt silk finish cotton in Old Tin 9104-0415 (Old no 104-623), Smoky Blue 9104-0351 (Old no 104-789), and White 9104-2000 (Old no 104-W2).
At some point in your quilting life you will want to play with dyeing your own fabrics. Either because you keep hearing about how others do it and how easy it is. Or because you really, really want to create your own colours for your stash or a particular quilt.
I did it initially because I was curious about the process then I found I really enjoyed coming up with piles of new colours for my quilts.
For several years the kitchen in our Virginia house would be taken over by a mask wearing fiend who spread ziplock bags filled with swirls of colour and scrunched muslin all over every available surface. It made sense to create great wodges of hand dyed fabric in one session because it is a fairly messy and intrusive process. It takes a couple of days – because you are leaving the cooking fabrics overnight and then washing them out the next morning. While my husband was travelling and didn’t need feeding the kitchen was mine! Continue reading