Do These Pass as Greys?May 19, 2006
My goal in dying this fabric was to achieve a 5 step gradation of greys with black. Well, I got some really beautiful fabrics, not 5 steps of greys and a black, but beautiful none the less. I am anxious to use the fabric in a project I have going right now, but I think I’ll be heading back to the dye studio (the kitchen sink!) for my greys. There are a few problems with these.
First off, they are very warm; almost burgandy. I know there was a lot of blue in the dye, because I saw it going down the drain as I rinsed. I read in the Dharma catalog that chlorine in the water can inhibit blues. Maybe my water has a lot of chlorine in it? I think I will try some distilled water instead of tap water to see if I can get a slightly cooler grey.
Secondly, the gradations are heavy on the dark side; there are no lights. The top end of the scale is so dark that I can’t really tell which order they are supposed to be in. I started out with 8 tsp of dye for the darkest and cut that measurement in half for each step. For my next run I will have to adjust that… not sure how yet. Maybe I’ll start out with 6 tsp of dye and cut that in half for each step…
Thirdly, there are some spots in the fabric where the dyes didn’t get completely dissolved/mixed and it left a dot of color. I guess I’m going to have to stop being lazy and get the old blender out to mix the dyes to be sure they are mixed.
So, theoretically, my next batch will turn out as I plan…
Wanna bet? 🙂