Yep, I finally got down to doing it.
I had Tuesday night to myself, so I set most of it up then:
1. Covered the kitchen table in craft paper and then cardboard.
Color Your Cloth: A Quilter's Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric and double-checked that I had all the relevant supplies.
6. Setting up the stamp-making station with all the materials I've been collecting:
7. I set out some tubs and marked each of them with a swatch of fabric so that we could sort the waxed fabric according to the color we wanted to dye it (I'll be doing this over the next few weeks). Choices were gray, mustard, rose and turquoise.
Even Buzz got in on the act!
A couple of things we all started doing: making a couple of each potato stamp so that we could leave one in the wax pan while stamping with the other and then switching them (this saves you the time of waiting for stamp to heat back up, since it reheats while you use the other one).
One thing that we had trouble with was using brushes. You see that tree on the left and how the wax isn't really "in" the fabric, but sometimes just "on" it? We couldn't figure out how to get more consistent penetration of the wax when using the brushes. The book wasn't helpful on this point. But maybe I'm wrong in thinking this is going to be a problem when it comes time to dye? Any thoughts?