Now I know there are quilters who don't think of themselves as artists, and there are fiber artists who don't quilt, and of course, there are dyers who don't quilt or even consider themselves artists. But there is enough of an overlap between the three that I can consider them all together. And the hottest are the dyers.
Except for snow-dyeing, which most of us agree is kind of a novelty thing that we do when it's too cold to do the regular kind of dyeing, the procion dyes like it hot. Especially turquoise and the other blues. And, of course, that includes all the colors that include blue: purples, greens, browns. Basically all the colors that aren't red, orange, or yellow -- which are pretty hot all by themselves.
Unlike some quilters, dyers aren't afraid of color. We have all made mistakes when learning to mix colors -- some turn out to be happy accidents, and some, well, not so much. But there is no bad hand-dyed fabric -- there is probably no bad fabric either, now that I think about it -- one person's ugly is another's "gotta have it." But I digress...
The weather has been really hot this week. Lots of people have been whining about it (not me, but that's another story). So I decided I better get out there and enjoy it. I had some dyes aging in the dye studio (also known as the northeast corner of the garage) and since I hate wasting stuff, I figured I would use them up. If they weren't strong enough to create the rich saturated colors I crave, I would just over-dye the pieces with fresh dye another day -- over-dyeing is another reason there is no bad hand-dye.
This morning, when I got up to wash out the dyes, I noticed a large teal-colored stain decorating the front walk. Imagine my surprise when I picked up the container and saw that it had gotten so hot, it warped and leaked!
I posed it next to a fresh box to show the difference.
Oh -- and that piece at the top of this post? It was a present from the hot dyers at "...And Then We Set it on Fire" to celebrate their topping 100 followers. Pretty keen, huh?