Sunday, March 23, 2014

Twenty shades of prison uniform

Last week I got the idea in my head I wanted to make a grey quilt. A pretty, soft, quilt with various shades of grey and some white. Restrained and elegant. So I bought some white fabric and tried to dye the colour that I saw in my head - black dye (not too much) with a bit of blue or a bit of red to try and get slightly different grey shades. I did twenty different colours ... and it looks like washday at maximum security.

None of them are really grey - there's blue and khaki and just grim, but not at all what I had in mind. Like with all my dyeing, nothing is ever wasted because I use the strangest things given enough time... so I have had another go with new fabric and they are batching at the moment. I used a LOT less dye in the second lot so they'll probably look like pale dirty sheets. From a prison.

Dad's gone home - it always seems like too short a holiday he has with us - but I waved him off on a train this time! How strange, no-one gets trains from Canberra. There's only one, to Sydney, with a grand total of three carriages. It felt quite retro standing on a train platform - and he even sprung an extra $14 and went first class. I'm not sure what it gets you ($14? probably not much) but he figured why not live a little...


  1. guess you never know what is going to come out of the dye pot! i'm going to have to try my hand at dying fabrics this summer. something i have been wanting to do for a while! your dad looks like a happy camper. maybe 1st class on a train gets you more leg room and a wider seat? who knows, but probably worth the 14 bucks. your train and platform look so clean and bright.

  2. One train? Three carriages??? Is Canberra a tiny village, then? How do you get to other places? Well, I'm guessing that you have a car, but - gosh. People here use trains a lot to go to other towns.

    Maybe Australia isn't so densely populated as Britain so there's more room on the roads?