I decided that I was going to hand dye the curtains in the shop. They were our original curtains for the house. I made them from thermal lined Calico. They have had a few lives since then but still seem to be wearing well.
Now Alan isn't creating sawdust I thought I should liven them up a bit.
I decided on Turquoise, Scarlet and Gold Yellow for no other reason than I had enough of those already made up.
I folded the first 1/3 into the bucket and poured on dye, then folded in the second, adding the second colour dye before doing the final 1/3.
It didn't take long because I wasn't trying to make each curtain identical. The weight and length was little tricky to handle.
I let the dye soak for a bit before adding the Soda Ash. Then I let it all fix overnight. During the night I had a sudden thought. Was the Soda Ash going to affect the thermal lining?
The answer to that is a little bit. Some of the lining has disappeared, really just pin pricks here and there. The curtains are tied back during the day and you won't see that so I wasn't too bothered. I would have been disappointed if they were for home.
This is a set of 4 curtains. I needed to hang them up to dry as it was pouring rain so they couldn't go out on the line. They are still wet.
This is a single curtain that is screening off part of the studio. I dyed this piece turquoise, yellow, turquoise.
The curtains live another day.