** An aside:Long ago when Judith and I were experimenting with thickened dye as a thin line we found that if we let the thickened dye dry completely on the cloth, it would NOT smear. It had to be bone dry. We just threw it in the machine, washed it and poof, it was brilliant. Attempting to MOVE the fabric with thickened dye lines. washing it out while it was still wet, or trying to 'cover" it ruined it but perfect crisp clear lines were possible with this strange method.
OK, back to yesterday. We decided that after batching, we would hang out wet pieces AS IS on the line with the thickened dye and wax in place. I did this. It was SO windy here, they were dry in less than 90 minutes. As another aside, I thought since we had such strong winds, I should soda soak some fabric to use over the next two day and get it to dry fast too. That part of the plan worked. I've got a stock pile of fabric ready to go.
This morning I took the dried batiked fabric and and ironed off the wax. I also had an inkling that the heat + dye would be a good thing; it made sense to me. Here are the finished pieces.
For the hose on the driveway piece, I think there was little hope. If you know me you know it must be COLORFUL and VIBRANT. I really had to ask myself, Was this really a disaster? No. I may well be able to incorporate this misty soft fabric into some land or seascape.
This piece didn't miss a beat and it as vibrant as when it was wet.
This piece was kind of a "miss" even before I started with the dye. However to dye DID hold up in intensity so I am happy. I am going to move to a bigger and more easily heat controlled electric skillet. Today - MORE EXPERIMENTS.