Wednesday, October 3, 2012

More in depth look at my Messy Jess!-y's (Part 1)

So, since my Messy Jess!-y's have gotten more attention, I've gotten more questions.

So, I thought I would expand on the name and the process a little bit.

Each batch of MJs are unique because of the process.

I start out with however many skeins I am going to dye, I rinse them really well, then cram them into a smallish container.
Then I pour the dyes that I am using over/ into this container.
I let this sit for a few seconds/ minutes.

Then I pour the soda ash over them to fix the dye to the thread.

Then my container looks like this:
Looks like I am tub dyeing just dark purple right??

With this shot, you can see that the thread has different shades, though, at this point, it's impossible to tell what they are.  (I know approximately what it will look like, because I put the original dyes in, but you have no clue... at this point.)

So, this sits in the jar for about an hour or two.  I am wanting a lighter batch, so I will only let it sit for an hour.  I imagine if I wanted darker colors, I could let it sit longer though.

............(time is passing)........

Ehh, okay, it was only about 45 minutes at most when I decided that it's late, and I want to go to bed, so I went ahead and washed the thread.

It's still wet mind you...So, I will have to show a dry picture later tonight so you can really see the texture
But you can already see the multitude of variations that will be present in this batch:

Now, I should go ahead and say this, I only did size 20 for this batch.  I was trying to see if I could redo the pink/purple/blue that I had done before that was such a hit.  I've had a few different folks wanting more of that one.  I am afraid that this batch will be quite a bit darker than that batch, but I have a good feeling about this one!!  
I didn't do size 40 because I still have 3 skeins of the previous batch.  If you are interested in one, email me.  

And since I said I would say something about why "Messy"... these are of course not the clean lines that occur when painting skeins to look the same.  These skeins are not messed up, they were dyed to look a certain way, which is more random, and creates a unique tatted item, with splotches of color rather than blocks of color..  That's why it's "Messy".... plus Mess rhymes with Jess!
So, don't let the Messy part keep you from trying this yummy fun thread!!

Make sure to come back later when I reveal the dry skeins!!!


  1. That is a lot of work but oh boy you come up with some great colours ways. Thank you for telling us how you do it. I promise I won't be trying it anytime soon.

  2. Can't wait to see it dry! Sure it will be awesome like the rest of your great colors!! :)