Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Finally Did Some Dyeing

For one reason or another this summer, I did very little dyeing.  It's one of those things that really fills some kind of need for me.  And I finally got to fulfill it.

These are gradations I did in an attempt to get lime green and I got some really neat colors.
This was lemon yellow to sky blue.  This creates a really nice lime green.    I skipped the plain yellow and blue and went right for the blended colors.  The piece on the far left in this photo is not really part of the gradation, but I like the way it looks with the other greens.
This was golden yellow to sky blue.  I like this -- it's not really lime green -- more of teal and aqua.
And these light colors are from diluting the droplets that cling to the sides of the mixing containers after I pour out the dye.  They are actually much lighter than they look on my monitor.
I also bought some scarf blanks in various silks and silk/rayon blend to test.  This is a silk/rayon blend velvet.
This is a silk/rayon blend cut velvet.  I love that the leaves are so much brighter.  I used fuchsia and a couple of different yellows for the scarves.

11 comments:

Vicki W said...

Love your fabrics and scarves. My favorite lime is the one I get with yellow and sky too. But yellow and turquoise will also give you a decent one.

Karen M said...

These are beautiful, Karen. I love the grrrns you have gotten, and that first scarf looks just like fire.

Beth said...

OH my you have been busy! Lucious colors and of course they would be green! I have been reading a book... that has been on the shelf for a year or so.... and next is getting some Setacolor... so I can create some backgrounds.

Jan said...

Some gorgeous greens! And Karen M is right about the fire scarf. Fabulous. I haven't dyed all year. You make me want to.

Judy Warner said...

Beautiful colors. Makes me want to start dyeing some fabric!

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

Karen, these peices of fabric and your scarves turned out beautiful! Are you using natural or chemical dyes? Just fantastic!

Karen S said...

I use fiber reactive procion dyes -- which are chemical. I love the intense color they provide.

Sara said...

I'm having dyer's envy! lol I think I"m going to try some dyeing over the holidays. All of the colors are beautiful but the pastels are really drawing me in tonight. Hhhmm...maybe I need to check for fever since I typically go for clear brights.

Terri Stegmiller said...

Love that array of gorgeous green fabrics!

susan m hinckley said...

Okay -- "Lion and Lamb" made me laugh out loud! That is a wonderfully fun piece of work.

And I'm afraid to really start dyeing, because I wouldn't ever want to stop. I do covet, covet, covet your beautiful hand-dyed fabrics, however! Let me say it again . . . covet.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Oooh!!!! Love the scarves the best! Especially the first red one. The greens are yummy, but I don't think that I would ever have the patience to test that way.