I don't like to make orphans. New projects that don't match existing items in my wardrobe get playmates that do them justice. As I approach the end of the rose pink cabled sweater, I looked for fabric in my collection to make a pair of corduroy pants or skirt to match. This corduroy has a grayish-lavender cast that didn't quite work. But I thought I could overdye it with burgundy or wine.
I remembered a blotchy pink cotton (or linen blend?) with sun fade damage that could also use a dye bath. I liked the Japanese feel of the leaves, vines and flowers print, but didn't love the background color. I used 2 parts burgundy to one part fuchsia red fiber-reactive dye from Dharma Trading and my high-tech vat-dyeing setup.
It's hard to see the change due to the differences in light exposure in the before and after pictures. After dyeing, the corduroy is darker, with a distinctly rose cast. The other piece, remains blotchy.
South Bay Quilters' Guild meeting or to Goodwill.
The dyed corduroy and cable pairing. See how they harmonize, yet don't matchy-poo?
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