I think these turned out wonderful!! The original fabric was a white cotton with the "swirls" being a printed in white pattern. That pattern created somewhat of a resist when I dyed the swatches. I was very pleased with how these turned out! I discovered something interesting when I dyed the same type of material but with dragonflies as a background. When I dyed one of the swatches a very nice brown, the dragonflies dyed a very nice subtle pink. (I'll have to take a picture of it and post it here so you can see it.)
Ahhhh, dyed cheesecloth. One can never have too much!! I'm not sure what it is that I love about it. Maybe it's because it's so easy to dye & takes very little of a dye bath to dye a piece. Or is it that whatever you're dyeing (assuming it's protein fibers) there's always room to add a little cheesecloth into the bath. Or maybe it's that wispy gracefulness of the fabric. (It's probably all of those things.)
These are some of the colors I was able to create over the long holiday weekend.