Rather than give up, I decided to go big. First I re-read the directions. Perhaps my big problem is that I am not adding the soda ash solution till late. So, I will soak and dry my material first. Second, maybe my sugar solution is too weak. I debated making another sugar syrup but thought, gee, I have lots of forms of sugar syrups around the house so why re-invent the wheel?? So here goes the big sugar experiment.
Here is the whisk that I used to make the prints. I found it in an antique shop while on vacation. I love hunting through antique shops for odd print tools.
And here are the 4 types of syrups printed on the fabric.
- Using previously soda ash soaked fabric is important to get the benefit of the "first strike" of the dye.
- Any heavy sugar syrup will act as a resist and the dark color of molasses or dark corn syrup does not stain the fabric.
- The pancake syrup fabric looks different because I moved it and rolled it to batch. The other three pieces I left in place to batch. They have a much more distinct pattern to them. One is not necessarily better than the other but it will be good to remember that I can get the two different results.