Why must everything that dyes something else STINK SO BAD? For black beans, it’s the mordant. It’s a mix of alum and washing soda in hot water.
I followed the advice I learned from A Honeymooners Guide to Living for amounts…sort of.
I should probably say I started to follow it; I measured my fabric, pulled out my calculator and figured out how much alum and washing soda to use. Then I realized that I don’t have a measuring spoon to dedicate to dyeing so I eyeballed it. I just threw some of each in. I just gotta be me.
Now I wait…
……I’m not very good at waiting so expect me to dye before I should. The fabric is supposed to soak in the mordant for three days but the beans are starting to bubble and smell like,,,science.
The mordant still outstinks the beans. I think I need a glass of wine to wash it all away.
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Three whole days?! I think that would drive me batty lol.
I just googled around and found some directions that recommended soaking overnight so I’m following those!
Ah man, I came here from a pin thinking I would find an old post. Now I have to WAIT for your results… EEEEEEE Should I run out and buy black beans? Did it turn out purple? Blue? Brown? Gray? Did you die from the stink? SO MANY QUESTIONS!
HA! Watch this space! I just took the next step.