A while back I acquired a number of bright turquoise scarves, large, fringed/tasselled, and 50/50 silk and cotton, lovely to feel and wear. But I wasn’t all that keen on the colour, so decided to change it.
The first one I used Procion MX dyes and manipulated the scarf to have 2 colours – navy blue on one side lengthways and a bluey-green on the other half
and then later discharged with a floral spray stencil. The blue moved a bit far but you can see the overall effect. It is a lovely elegant evening stole.
Then last week I thought to try dyeing with beetroot – not successful. I thought the colour might change to a sapphire or lavendar blue, but not at all, it now looks like a washed out pale green/grey with some black streaks, not very inviting at all.
Here it is on the left in this photo where it looks more blue than it really is.
I have three more scarves and I think I will dye them with procion for a more reliable and predictable result.
Meanwhile, the caterpillar quilt has another border
The next border will I think be a narrow strip of red, before a wide 4 or 5 inch border of the same yellow fabric as the first border. I was going to use the spotted red fabric for that border (the same design as the blue border fabric), but it is such a busy quilt, I think it needs something quieter, maybe just a single wide border of the dark plain red instead. What do you my readers think, add a comment and let me know your thoughts on this. Which way should I go?