First: Boil the water. The hotter the water the better. Above is 7 gallons.. I’ll have to do this 9 more times… how do I charge for that? I’m keeping my hours for the prep work and I am unsure as to how to tack on gas usage.
The two pots in the front were my Grandma’s; she gave them to my Mom and then my Mom gave them to me. I have eaten thousands of bowls of super arroz con gandules and beef stew from these pots.
Third: Add Dye to bath and let whatever your dyeing soak. Don’t forget to add a tablespoon or two of salt.. it’ll help the colors stick. When I was in Guatemala one of the families I stayed with used to pee in their dye baths. They say it helps and is better when using natural dyes. Do you see the tree of life :”)
Fourth: Work your way through ’em. Let each soak for as long as it takes for the colors to stick. You can pull out a bit and squeeze it to see how it’s taking. The yellow pictured above took almost a day… and then I even had to toss in a couple dashes of left over red. I have some dye baths left over if anyone wants to dye something they spilled red wine on :”) I now have an orange shirt, green pants and a purple pair of socks! Anyone ever try doing Shibori? Any tips?
And sorry for the tease folks… I had gloves on :”)
My hands… they are… you can see. Not that bad.. but tore up from all the twisting.