Friday, January 24, 2014
Did a lot of dyed joomchi this week, using up all of my pre-made sheets that I had laying around. The results were great...nice strong colors...good pattern definition...lots of fun textures. It was easy enough to do: just bind the softened joomchi like one would for shibori, apply the dye directly, dry, and...
...that's where I screwed up. I forgot to rinse the excess dye before I untied them. But they have to be rinsed to avoid giving off dangerous particulate matter, so I washed a few sheets after dinner today (below). The result is a major loss of definition in the patterns. The turquoise did fairly well, but the red bled profusely. I haven't rinsed any of the black yet.
They're not a total wash (pun)...I'm sure they will be used somewhere along the line. In the meantime, I'll need to run a new batch this week so I have some with good pattern definition and they retain those awesome textures.