Sunday, September 26, 2010
Late summer dyeing
I took advantage of the warm days of last week to dye some more fabric, trying to use up most of the stash of PFD fabric. I had enough fabric to do four step gradations in red and purple with 1/2 yards of Pimatex cotton and cotton sateen. Again, the Pimatex produces sharper colors, but the sateen has a wonderful hand, soft and silky. I threw a piece of cheesecloth into the darkest color pots of both colors.
I also dyed a few random colors using formulas in a book called Fabric Dyer's Dictionary by Linda Johansen. She has directions for doing gradations of single colors or for going from one color to it's complement, like purple to yellow, by varying the ratio of one dye to the other. So I picked out a few colors I liked and made them. My colors aren't exactly like hers, but relatively so, and they're pretty and usable.
I saved just a few yards to do some snow dyeing this winter if the snow falls as expected. I hope I won't have a broken leg this winter, so I can gather the snow myself instead of sending Bill out to get it!
Now to get some projects underway!