08 April 2014

My BIG dyeing project and treasures from the beach

I decided to have a huge dyeing project involving the 12 hues of the color wheel and 3 values of each. I am also doing a portrait quilt in browns so I dyed that too.




The first day I dyed the 4 fat quarters for the portrait in a pre-mixed brown MX dye from Pro-Chem. It was obviously made with red and probably green but the lightest value turned pink. Very disappointing!! Then I dyed one yard each of fuchsia, lime green, grape and sun yellow.




What a disaster. First (note to self) never dye complementary colors and wash them even WITH color catchers. The yellow suffered the most and I used so much dye there was little difference in the values. Some I will over-dye later. 

Then I made by OWN brown using golden yellow, turquoise and mixing red and it came out much better






I have put the dyeing project on the shelf for now. Meanwhile here are pictures of my beach bootie.



7 comments:

  1. I don't know what you were looking for, but these all look great to me, ;) And your beach booty us fabuloys! Especially that flat rock!

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  2. thanks, this'll be very cool!

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  3. Do you use synthropol or maybe even Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid when washing out the fabrics? That seems to help me a lot. gjeneve@gmail.com

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  4. Yes. I scrubbed the fabric in ice water with heavy rubber gloves then soaked them in individual containers of ice water. Then I scrubbed some more in ice water then washed with 2 color catchers and synthapol on "sanitize" which is like boiling water. The purple (grape) just overwhelmed everything. lesson learned. I will only dye analogous colors when continuing the dyeing project.

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  5. I think you r too hard on yourself. I usually end up mixing a bit of black and overdue all of my mistakes. They don't seem quite as bad when I dull them down. I have yet to make a good brown and think I will try your formula. l

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  6. Oh, and the beaxh bootie. I see quilt hangers, book closures, places for stones to hide. L

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  7. Laura, I have now made peace with my dyeing adventure and will start anew when this portrait quilt I am working on is done. So stay tuned!!

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