06 September 2017

a dyeing project

This is a fun project I thought we would do over the course of the weekend. I thought we could learn a bit about color theory making a gradated (by hue) piece of fabric. I certainly learned (remembered) a lot about color and red

I thought I would be a smarty pants and dye three pieces of fabric each 45"sq one on top of the other. The first dye bath came out very weak.



I was so disappointed with this lack luster piece I decided to over-dye all three one on top of the other, again. In the first dye bath I used mixing red, lemon yellow and basic blue - dull, dull, dull. Then for the second bath I used lemon yellow, intense blue and fuchsia. These are single color dyes not mixes. The mistake I made was using equal amount of liquid dye. I had forgotten how overpowering red can be and red is a color I really don't like. This is what I got with the second dye bath.







Holy Cow!! That's a lot of red. I made three and I wanted them to "look alike" so I could show the process of making a project from the fabric. I could still do that and probably will because I promised "puppyloveme", our local dog rescue a quilt for their auction. Last year I made them a King Size quilt which fetcher a good price at the auction. anyhow......

I thought, why not dye ONE piece of fabric as a sample for the event since that is what hopefully the attendees will be doing. So here I go again.





This time I used lemon yellow, turquoise, purple and a "touch" of fuchsia.

Well that "touch" infected the whole piece. Note to self (again), don't use fuchsia. A fan of red would love these samples but I'm just not one of them


You can see the red in the yellow and green. Ask me how many times I told myself, NO MORE FUCHSIA?!!!!

9 comments:

  1. You have beautiful resulsts! I love the fuchsia ;-)

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    1. I would love to send it to you!! Let me know. I still have your address.

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  2. I have become a fan of NOT fuschia because it absolutely takes over everything! If a color is going to take over, I'd prefer something more red and not pink...and I've always been a fan of hot pink! And don't we always have that huge container of fuschia because that's one of the 'basic' dyes that you are told to start with? Mine may never get used up, and I have a feeling that yours is going to remain sealed more often, too!

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  4. I love that piece of fabric! Maybe you should auction it off! Interesting how people feel so differently about color. I, for one, owned almost no green fabric for years. I'm trying to make amends now. Orange is the color that I really don't like--as a dye it is INCREDIBLY overpowering....

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    1. I'd give it away. Maybe I should have it be a giveaway!!

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  5. Avant d'utiliser un fuchsia, un rouge de base Procion, je fais toujours un mélange avec le jaune de base dans le rapport 2:1 qui me donne un vrai rouge avant d'utiliser sur les tissus . a part ça j'aime bien votre dernier tissu!!!

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    1. Je vous remercie. J'ai fini par utiliser fuschia à cause des indications de Joen Wolfrom pour obtenir de vraies couleurs. J'utilise également le mélange de rouge ainsi que pour un rouge rouge mais dans cette expérience, les combinaisons rouge rouge et bleu bleu sont ternes.

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