There's an old saying about how someone else's trash might just be your treasure. I don't think I have to work hard to convince most people of that, but I recently had a wonderful, personal experience with this concept. The other day a dear friend called me up and told me that since she no longer used her fabric dyeing equipment she wanted it to go to a good home. She could have just thrown it away but that seemed wasteful. A few years back my friend hung up her fabrics and dyes and ventured into the brownie business. Now Mary Louise is the queen of her own empire, Butters Brownies . "So," she asks, "Could you use this stuff?" I thought that she might have a few yards of fabric and a couple jars of dye. My first clue that she had more than I suspected came in the form of the suburban she borrowed to haul the stuff over to my house.
I already had 30-35 jars of dye, but she probably tripled that with her contribution.
Add to that this large stack of wax and three wax-filled electric skillets,
an amazing array of silk screen frames in various sizes, quantities of dye chemicals and, get this, 90 yards of undyed pima cotton. I pretty much felt like I had won the lottery. Best of all she gave me a new wax stamp.
I am head-over-heels in love with this stamp and brimming over with ideas for the fabric I'm making with it.