I have been homeschooling my son these past 2 years. We are learning algebra together and got to Chapter 11: permutations and combinations. These have to do with the total number of possible combinations of lots of options. Imagine how appealing this is and overwhelming! Combinations allow for any set of choices from each set of options. In permutations, the order of making choices is significant. For example, if you have 4 choices of paint for a room. One is the background color, and the other 3 will be used to stencil on top of the background color. Not all options are available because you can't choose to stencil the same color as the background color (it won't show up!). This makes it a permutation and is calculated differently.
|Stacks of overdyed batik shapes|
|A fat quarter of batiked fabric, the dark flowers are the wax.|
The process involves bleach discharging all the fabric. None of the discharged fabric goes all the way back to white, each is all discharged to very slight and pale as possible color. Overdyeing is a transparent process. It makes a difference what the underlying color looks like. I took all the samples, cut each individual apart with a rotary cutter. Then I reshuffled the samples into stacks of colors that I planned the overdye.
|Stacks of fat quarters waiting to be cut into individual pieces|
|Stacks of all the shapes, in all the colorways, waited to be resorted for overdyeing.|
|Stacks of shapes in their new color piles awaiting the dyebath.|
|One stack of shapes after it's red dyebath and after having the wax boiled out.|