I’ve had jars of dye and thread or fabric sitting about outside and on bookshelves for years here–they have been created using India Flint’s Stuff, Steep and Store method. And I’ve been interested to see that I can let them be for years! A stitching friend was keen to start a stitch journal and so I thought I might contribute and made her a parcel… beginning by opening a pile of jars. Some put by in 2014!
For once I took the effort to make sure I could line up labels with contents… and hopefully my friend’s stitch journal will bring her joy. She’s a wonderful sewer and thinker and feminist and all-round, an upwelling of glorious energy and action.
Needless to say all this dyeing excitement led to more jars…. I love this method. I don’t come across jars big enough to use it on huge quantities, but I am blessed with small batch amounts of some dyes, such as flowers, that work really well with this method and I can process seven at a time, saving energy and drama. And it’s pretty!
2 responses to “Opening the dye jars!”
totally amazing that you have the patience to leave the jars unopened for that long! also I would have thought that the fibers would have broken down? Love the colours & what a lucky friend to be receiving these precious threads.
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I think it is a testament to what fun it is to have them on the shelf, and how many other things I’m doing 🙂 but this is a preservation method. No chance of the fibres breaking down!