Martha has been organizing my stash and found this hideous thing; about 15 square feet of tie dyed leather. I thought that since you guys are designers, you could tell me what to do with it. So what should I do with it? In my opinion, it looks a lot better in this picture than it does laying on my table. Martha likes it. Or at least she says she does. Sometimes Martha forgets I’ve known her for 20 years and that I also know she can be… diplomatic… about these sorts of things. But she insists she likes it.
The results of this first attempt tie dyeing leather was mixed. It was successful in that I learned it is pretty easy to do -I used some ubiquitous taupe pig skin I had lying around. It was already ugly and figured I couldn’t do much worse (the failure part, I could make it uglier).
If you want to try something like this, count on tying the leather rather loosely (this was a 2 oz. garment weight) because as you can see, dye didn’t penetrate in too many areas within each circle. My other concern was that the dye of the hide and the applied dye would blend but that didn’t seem to be an issue. I suppose one could try this with a white hide but those tend to be rather pricey so I don’t know if it is worth doing on the off chance you end up with something hideous and then have to bleg about it.
I still would welcome any suggestions as to what to do with it. Using it to line cat beds is out. One cat (the Bat Faced Cat) pees on leather so we can never have it lying around. Then again, maybe it would be okay because he seems to be partial to goat and lamb.
Edit: since people assert this item is so lovely, I’ve decided to auction it off to someone who will appreciate its “beauty” more than I do. Proceeds of the sale will be donated to Hurricane Sandy assistance. The opening bid is $29.70 which is the cost of the leather itself ($1.65 per sqft). We measured it today; it is actually a bit more than 18 sqft.