Hurrah! Taxes are done, family visited, and I'm home and working again. Had a delightful day discharging more of Pat's shirts out on the deck; it's not really hot here yet, and the landscape is recovering from last year's drought. Doesn't our little lake look nice? It's quite shallow (neighborhood kids used to walk across to visit their friends), but since it's spring-fed, it did not suffer badly from lack of rain.
I don't have a designated use yet for these pieces of fabric, but now there's rather a large pile of them awaiting inspiration. I used dishwasher gel containing bleach this time, and it was a lot easier to control than my earlier attempt with bleach mixed with shaving foam. That foam just did not want to go into the squeeze bottles!
Cotton paisley print discharged with bleach in leaf pattern 2012
I like this one with discharged leaves on a paisley background. I may go back and add some smaller discharged areas between the leaves.
Cotton dobby weave discharged with bleach 2012
This shirt was a sort of dobby weave in gray and black. It took beautifully to the discharging process.
After I got these laid out to dry the bugs started to show up. For some reason I attract mosquitoes (as did my maternal grandmother), and it wasn't long before I gave up and went inside. Got everything cleaned up before the rain the next day. I am thinking about remodeling part of the garage as a wet studio, having a larger sink and some counters put in. It will need to be weatherized as well. Not an immediate project, but since I won't need the entire garage for parking, why not use it for something important to me? The downside is having to clean out all the miscellaneous storage from the last 19 years--but I think I'd have to do that anyway. The junk is getting annoying. I don't even want to think about what's stored in the garage attic.
Bobbe Shapiro Nolan, Fiber Artist in Eagle Lake, TX. Trying to learn to call the sewing room my studio, and myself an artist. I retired after 15 years in hospice nursing--so now I have the time!.