A friend had a baby last week (a sweet little pink girl) I had an idea to make a baby wrap. It is very hot and humid in Brisbane so muslin is perfect...I'll tell you my idea so you know where I was heading (so you will know where I went wrong). I wanted a light wrap with swirls - just a few, not too much fleece or it would be too hot. I wanted neutral on neutral and then planned to dye the finished felted wrap to a very pale rose pink. I imagined that the muslin would be one colour and the fleece either a lighter or darker shade....
It started well enough. I lay down the unbleached muslin and fiddled with fine strips of fleece and just a touch of pink silk.
felting book says:
"Nuno felt takes more rolling than normal flat felt as there are less wool fibres to tangle and matt together"
Hmmm I am not a fan of rolling. Tho I rolled, and rolled and rolled (I also did the hot cold thing and threw it quite a bit ~ most satisfying). And this is what I made:
It is really hard to see but it was quite pretty at this stage ~ light and airy, understated. I stuffed it up with a dye pot!
The label on the pot said 'raspberry' I figured if I used a minimal amount, scant even, I would get a soft pink. I weighed the fabric (88grams!) and calculated the amount of dye required then quartered it, and then go rid of a bit more. I have to say at this stage I was dubious, it looked quite purple. I checked the label again and it definately said raspberry. I mixed it up and it was quite definitely purple BUT you know when you have your hair dyed and you freak out cause you want brown and you are quite sure the hairdresser has just smothered your head in yellow dye and it comes out brown anyway? Well I had one of those moments, I trusted the label said RASPBERRY and raspberries are red!
I plunged the fabric in with a sinking feeling
While agitating and waiting I read more of the label. It was fibre reactive dye specific to celluose fibres ~ plant fibres, like cotton .... hmm I got that sinking feeling again....wool is a protein fibre ~ animal. Ah well what is done is a little undoable.
Purple is ok I guess.