Tea-Dyed Nightmare–Redeemed?

Today I attempted to redeem my horrifically B-O-R-I-N-G tea-dyed bamboo scarf.  As you remember from the previous post, it looked like this:

tea & indigo dyed bamboo scarf on drying rack
tea & indigo dyed bamboo scarf on drying rack

Blahsville.

 

So today, I decided, at the last minute, to use up the rest of my “iced aqua” dye (see next post) and play around with this thing.  First, I made a bath of warm soda ash (not edible!!!  but natural, made from seaweed), re-folded and clamped it, and dunked it in.  I am not very scientific, but I’m thinking it was in there for about 7 minutes.

 

I then unfolded it, rinsed it, and dunked it into my “iced aqua” dye bath.  Here it is drying on the rack:

Iced aqua bamboo scarf
Iced aqua bamboo scarf
Redeemed scarf detail
Redeemed scarf detail

It seems like the soda ash bath turned the dark parts even darker while “bleaching” out enough of the fabric to make room for the aqua.  What do you think–did I redeem it or not?

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Brett Barker

Brett Barker is a painter, textile artist, art/design instructor, and writer whose career spans more than 25 years. Originally from New Mexico, she now resides in Redondo Beach, California. She has taught fine art, artistic design, and textile design to numerous individuals, art guilds, and organizations throughout the U.S. She has a Master’s Degree in Art Education from the University of Nebraska. Her artwork sells throughout the U.S. and is available on her website, www.artistbrettbarker.com. She is currently undertaking a year-long investigation of Japanese shibori dyeing that will culminate in a trip to Japan to study under a master shibori artist in September of 2016. Her shibori blog can be found at www.peaceloveshibori.com. Her surface and textile designs can be found at www.brettbarkerdesign.com.

One thought on “Tea-Dyed Nightmare–Redeemed?”

  1. Amazing!! I Love your work. I guess that I’m a Bo-Ho Hippie gal too. I absolutely love what you did (redid) here. Gorgeous Darling!

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