Nothing says you can't do a pattern upside down. Matter of fact, at times, it's easier. The stitches still cross the same way.
Oh, and see the lovely two background fabrics....????
This was the latest dying attempt. I was bored with brown, time to try Charcoal Grey Rit Liquid Dye.
Sure, Grey looks brown... Have you noticed that nothing is quite normal in my world?
Well, here is a photo of that disaster...
Then I had the one remaining piece of Antique White - same fabric as the top one again. I wanted to start clean, and try for a much lighter piece, so a quick dip in a really diluted mix, and then a medium mottled mix. But oh, this one has racing stripes again. They are NOT as obvious as the last time in a brown dye version, but they are there. So this one will be tossed. I had recently ordered two of these from Amazon in the Antique White version in the last month. I had an old one in my stash, also antique white that I used to get that top dyed fabric. The stripes would be the reason to avoid the antique white versions. And the fact that it might MELT would be the reason to avoid the new white version of this fabric.
And BONUS - my iron bit the dust while trying to iron these. It was working fine, I was ironing them while they were still damp. Then the iron just stopped heating. I gave up. Today I wanted to test the iron knowing it probably was not going to work - but I could have popped a breaker, a different outlet maybe? I plugged it in and it was ice cold... and I just held the bottom, moved the slide to make sure it was not just the temp setting.... and it never heated. Tried a different outlet. Nothing. Tried something else in that outlet to make sure the outlet was working, and it worked... So now I need a new iron, and I even waited a few hours and tried it again - nothing. So it went into the trash for tomorrow, along with that racing stripe fabric. I have one more left obviously. But I can't come close to the color I was hoping the grey dye might be. So not today anyway. But it was interesting to play knowing it was crap fabric.
Oh, and bonus number two. I turned on the disposal, and it choked. Turned out a cheap kitchen washcloth had fallen into the disposal, and it made it a couple turns before creating a knot it could not turn, and I had it off in seconds... and I could grab a corner to pull the fabric washcloth out - and I knew being cheap it would tear if it needed to. But it had clearly been in there when I dumped that last pot of dye down the drain, it looked like it had been used to scrub a dirt floor. But a vat of dye dumped over me would do the same for me. The disposal survived and still works.... but I thought that about the iron after it melted that fabric... so time will tell.
Ordered the black for that Linen and Things monthly SAL - I needed 19 stitched inches on 25 count - this got me 27 in one direction. Then while looking in my stash for something else, I found I had already kitted the black fabric for that pattern with the floss - and it's longer. So probably did not need to order this black fabric.
The middle is Stormy Night 25 count lugana $13 a fat quarter. It is a nice mottled neutral light gray, without going into crazy hand dyed fabric prices.
Then I got another piece of the Victorian red. A plan to stitch a Christmas mono on it.
And the other is sage/khaki and it is the called out color for the Lizzie Kate Halloween ABC kit. I looked at the pattern on 123 Stitch, and it said - calls for something linen. So I look up that linen. It says - dmc color whatever number. But I don't stitch on linen. So I did have the dmc number of the fabric color... and I go thru the jobelans and the luganas till I find that same dmc number associated with a fabric I do stitch on and prefer to stitch on. So that is the Lizzie Kate, it's pretty close to the right color, fabric. It is Sage/Khaki jobelan in 28 count. But doing it that way beats just wildly guessing. Is it close? When we order the called out stuff we don't get what we think it will be.
I have one more order still out there. That Halloween ABC kit, and two of the Plum Street patterns and all the called for flosses, and I tossed in one clearance pattern. And I should be getting the fabric of the month from Colour and Cotton soon. After my dyeing fabric adventures, I'm willing to pay somebody else to dye and get me a nice color on some decent fabric.