I have an idea percolating in my head. It involves cotton shopping bags and may necessitate dying them. I love hand dyed fabric, but I’m not wild about doing it myself. I just can’t get my head around a whole extra set of supplies (and therefore the space to store them) for essentially another hobby.
But I digress; I had thought maybe I would take a dying class and essentially contaminate someone else’s kitchen. The class that comes most recomended (with Gabi Tisch) is held on the same days as my son’s first communion, our family vacation, and a camping trip with friends. I’m not sure I want to wait until September, and even then I’m not sure I’ll be free. Our guild is having a class in June, but I’ll be at the Quilt Expo in Lyon that weekend (I know, no sympathy there). I can’t find a class with Heidi Stoll-Weber since she’s nearby, but I’m on a quest now.
I digress again. I have broken down and ordered a few Procion MX dyes in the colors I want, but I needed to pre-order the soda ash (kalzinierte Soda) and I wasn’t quite brave enough to do it, having never ordered from this company before. Dharma won’t send it to me, so I’d have to have it sent to my SIL and then she could mail it to me. I’ve looked around on some german sites and see more references to Urea, which seems to be easier to obtain locally. So, my question is who uses Soda Ash and who uses Urea and can one use one or the other, or must one have Soda Ash to obtain really good colors? Anyone have info on the pros and cons of one or the other? I have some Alum from marbling; would that do the job as well? I don’t want to get knee deep in dying, I just want to dye a dozen or so bags in a couple of colors and then I’m sure I’d be over the whole process.