Yesterday I had purchased some white jumbo ric rac for possible inclusion in my next hop project. When I got home I promptly found out it was too bright and made the block element look a little "dingy". Maybe I should have looked for a cream colored piece?? Did the dialed back sewing department at the big box store even have any?
THIS POST or the picture I culled from the post. I went with white and dyed white slightly along with the striped fabric to tone it down.
Joined at The Hip suggested taking a 1/2 cup of water and adding a tablespoon of liquid dye to a dedicated to dyeing glass measuring cup. Then cooking in the microwave at one minute intervals till you get the shade you want. Rinse and then dry it.
I know I didn't do that before as I had yardage and probably went with the washing machine instead. Who remembers after almost a year and half. Then I just wanted to do with the tannish piece I was using at the center that read "February"
Okay, so here I am with white ric rac again----go back to the store or try microwave dyeing? What do I have to lose as I have tan dye and plenty of white ric rac. I could always go back if I don't care for the results.
Here are the results of the experimentation------and something for me to refer to in the future.
I thought perhaps the contents had settled and gave the bottle a shake. I dumped the top mixture but the measuring cup was already warmed up. The second one was only in there for 30 seconds----nice but too dark.
3rd one down, just barely dipped and it looks about right.
About this time my husband asks "what are you making?" ever hopeful of a treat of some sort, I'm guessing. The cookies I left him after last week's sew-in are dwindling after all, LOL. When I told him "a mess" and "dyeing ric rac" he said he was sorry he asked.
BUT how about a yellow shade?? I had things to drop off with Marilyn and I could stop at Winn Dixie on the way over or back. They had a limited selection of the liquid dyes but did have a yellow (goldenrod) in the powder form. I used about a tsp and half to the half cup of water but heated the water first to dissolve the dye.
Top yellow---cooked for about 30 seconds. I could have pulled it a bit sooner if I wanted it paler but how much dye will rinse out??
Tried it again and most of the dye DID wash out so I moved one.
Bottom yellow orange---double dipped but cooked for a minute. Of course, it boiled over on the microwave table---hurriedly washed up that mess with plenty of soapy water. I never stick anything straight down on the turntable anyway but sure did not want to inadverently consume any of this.
At this point I think I will go with the light yellow if I do indeed use it for this project. What am I out but a package of ric rac and I gained some knowledge on how to do this in the future. I like folk arty stuff so it is apt to come up!
I am all set to baste down the applique elements today. Mr. Light Box and I have a date after lunch, LOL. With all this playing I barely got started on the blog hop but the girls will understand.