Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The results are in!!!

I've washed and ironed all of my fabrics and here they are...

This was a calculated dye. I did a colour study of three procion dyes, methodically mixing each to get a calculated range of colours. Very anal I know, but gives great results.

The three colours I chose were Lichen (a greenish colour), Red (magenta) and black. The process is quite simple – it’s all in the planning. Below is the pyramid that I drew up.

You place each of your colours in the corners and then place numbers in each box representing the proportion of each colour in the mix. I worked on 5 spoons of dye. Each of the corners are pure colour (5 spoons) and then you gradually reduce the main colour and add other colours, always adding up to 5 spoons.

I'll try to explain - Lets start with the Lichen corner.

The top square has:
5 Lichen;
0 Red;
0 Black.

The next level has 2 squares.
4 Lichen---------- 4 Lichen
1 Red ------------0 Red
0 Black-----------1 Black.

The third row (3 squares)
3 Lichen ----------3 Lichen----------- 3 Lichen
2 Red -----------1 Red ------------0 Red
0 Black -----------1 Black ------------2 Black

And so on… If you’re really interested email me and I’ll try to explain further
Here are all the colours together. The three on the bottom are the pure colours used to create all the res.

EDIT NOTE: This is lawn - 100% cotton (white). Don't know what this translates to in other parts of the world. It's more refined than calico (muslin) - more like sheeting fabric.


Debra said...

Another fabulous process post!! Thanks for the great explanation. I'm going to have to try this.

MargaretR said...

Thanks for the instructions, I must do some more dyeing. What fabric have you used? I love the blend of colours, doing it this way means they will all go together.

Carol said...

What a fabulous range of colours, and a great explanation, I have done this with two colours in plastic bags, but the results were not half as good as the three colour mix

teri springer said...

Yes....Very interesting. I don't usually do dyeing in such an organized fashion HOWEVER there are times I need specifics.....I'm going to have to give this a shot....hopefully the sink I ordered will get here soon....


arlee said...

Not anal at all--if i had kept notes....the fabrics are gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do with them----luscious!

Kim said...

I'm jealous. I keep waiting for the weather to get better, but really I'm just procrastinating. Wonderful colors!