Tuesday, April 9, 2013

An Experiment and Some Garden Progress

I scored 11 barely-used jars of Dye-Na-Flow at The Bins last Summer and I have been meaning to try using them.  I have a white jacket type thing with woven-in flowers that I thought would be fun to paint but decided to take a test drive on something smaller.  I dampened the doilies and then just dabbed the dye on with a make-up sponge.  It was fun and easy.  The Dye-Na-Flow is washable (at least by hand) and doesn't stiffen the fabric.
 So far, so good, so I tried to get a little fancier.  I like the way the white looks with the magenta border.
 Then I went too far when I tried to color the center.  It would have been okay except I SO do not like the color combination.  I think I could still save it by going back over the blue with some purple, which I don't have.  Everything I have is blues and reds plus one bottle of Ochre which is kind of ugly.  I need purple, green and yellow.  Have any of you used these?
Our son came by tonight and helped move the sides for the raised bed in to position.  This photo is taken from the backyard, looking toward the front, opposite of the others I have posted.  That will be one big box of groceries!  More to come...

13 comments:

Annette said...

Oh, I envy you the garden!
I've never used the dyes so I can't help you there, but the colors sure are pretty.

oldgreymare said...

I too am green with envy..green garden envy

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Looks like you've been having fun playing with your dyes, I've never tried these before.
One big box of groceries and one big salad bar!

Cheryl Goode-MacKinnon said...

Love the color ~ I've never heard of those dyes before, just good old ritz.... The garden is going to be fabulous, so happy you had some extra hands to help.
Cheryl

Betty Smith said...

Don't blue and red combined make purple? I would try that.
Betty

Maureen said...

What Betty said: can you not mix red and blue? Or just add more red over the blue to darken it?

What a great garden you'll have! Can't wait to see it planted and growing!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Amy and I were just talking about dying doilies and there you go. Not familiar with that type of dye...but good score at the bins!

Annette said...

I'm not familiar with the dye but it looks easy to use and great that it doesn't stiffen. the raised bed is looking good. What will you plant?? I would have to worry about bunnies.

Barbara said...

That garden work looks exciting! I've never heard of the dyes, but sounds like fun!

vintage grey said...

Oh, what fun coloring the doilies!! They are so pretty!! Yay for the garden coming along!! xo Heather

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Looks like you had fun playing with the dyes. That raised garden is going to be spectacular. Best wishes, Tammy

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy,
Looks like you are having fun with the doilies and dyes. I have never worked with these dyes but it looks interesting. How wonderful to have a raised bed to grow your veggies. Enjoyed your posts below too.
Have a nice weekend.
Hugs, CM

CATHY said...

I would dip it in bleach and lighten it - but I am no expert so it might disintegrate : 0