2015 Third Quarter Challenge

2015 Third Quarter Challenge

In keeping with our color theme for the year, this third quarter challenge is related to dyeing and blending from a picture using a color generator, then use the colors in a project.

We’ve had a very wet, cool spring so I chose a picture of a sunset at a Poipu beach on the island of Kauai where it was perfect summer weather. Thinking Spring/Summer!

I tried a few color generators  but settled on these two:  https://color.adobe.com/create/image/ and http://www.palettefx.com/

Here is the original picture:

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Then with the Adobe file:

Sunset Adobe

And the Palettefx view:

Hawaii sunset

I decided to dye some Icelandic roving with the three primary yellow oranges in the Adobe picture.   The colors at each end and in the middle. Let the mixing begin!

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Using a printout of the Adobe pic, I used my acid dyes which were already prepared and mixed each color using what I thought would come closest.  It’s really hard to tell from the color of the mix so I used coffee filters to write my formula and drop a sample at each stage.  It still wasn’t showing a huge difference.  I had already prepared the fiber, soaking it in vinegar water so I was ready to dye and hoped it worked.

I started with the middle color which the generator marked as base, then the color on the right, then the left.

Since I only have an induction stovetop in my work area, I wanted to do all the dyeing at once. So, I used zip bags and steamed them together in a large pot.

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After steaming them for 30 minutes, I left the bags overnight to cool. The next morning I opened each one and was surprised that the roving was mottled.

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Once the roving was rinsed and dried, I ran each through the drum carder.

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The blended batts weren’t exactly the colors I had wanted, so I took it once step further and started blending the batts with more roving to try to get the colors I needed.

2015-06-28 15.46.44Much better.

2015-06-28 15.49.17You can see the  blended colors were closer to the samples I had made with the dye.  Go figure.  I guess the white filter paper may have lightened them up.

Here is the progression:

2015-06-17 14.30.03 2015-06-17 15.31.14Number 1 (in the center) the formula was one tablespoon each red and orange, one drop blue and 2 drops black in one cup water.

Number 2 (on the right) –3 tablespoons red, 1 yellow, 1 drop black and 15 drops blue.

Number 3 (on the left) 3 tablespoons yellow, 1 red.

When I carded them I added white , black or blue to lighten or darken or mute the color.  I just adding until I thought the color was close enough.  There is no contest here, just satisfy yourself the color is close enough.

I really liked the purple and gray in the PaletteX picture.  I had some merino close to the colors so I carded the purple with white to lighten and black to darken and yellow to mute.  Then I had some steel gray merino that matched the gray.

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Now, what to make?  After a lot of thought, I decided to make an Ipad cover.  I didn’t want to replicate the picture just use these colors to to give the impression of a sunset.

I made the resist using a 30% shrinkage rate, then covered the resist with hand dyed silk habatoi added a later of gold merino I had dyed a couple of weeks ago.  The next layer was white Corriedale.

2015-06-26 11.33.14 2015-06-26 11.55.20 The final layer was the design using the colors I had just dyed and carded.

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The inside ruched nicely and even mirrored the design on the outside.

Then in went the Ipad.

2015-06-28 15.56.05It is slightly larger than the Ipad.  When I calculated the shrinkage, I based it on Merino shrinkage not Icelandic.  But its okay since I can put in a pen and stylus.

So, for the challenge you can pick a picture and decide which colors you’d like to use, then dye/and or blend roving to get your colors.  There is no set number. I just got carried away. Then use them in a project of your choice – wet felting, needle felting, spinning, etc. Whatever, you’re comfortable doing.

This was challenging for me, but I learned  about color mixing and blending and just what the eye sees.  Of course, the printed version and screen version may also be different.  Just have fun with it!

I look forward to seeing your challenge pieces on the forum.


25 thoughts on “2015 Third Quarter Challenge

  1. Fab – I love everything about this post, from the detailed explanation of colour mixing to the final result … And especially all the work you put in to getting just the right colours!

    1. Thanks! Give it try and show us your results on the forum even if it’s just one color.

  2. You’ve got me excited about playing with dyes, Marilyn! I need to start experimenting with different mixtures and see what I get.

    How thick was the iPad cover? I ask because it looks rather chunky from the pictures.

    1. Thanks Leonor! I felt a bit like a mad scientist. :-). The cover is about 3/8 inches or 9.5 mm thick mainly because of the heavier Icelandic and Corriedale fibers. I look forward to seeing your experiments!

  3. You’ve just blown my mind!! I’m still a rather new felter and have not tried dyeing my own roving…..your instructions inspired me. Thank you!!

    1. Thanks Mary! It’s fun. I hope you’ll share your experiments with us on the forum.

    1. Thanks Karen! Give it try, it’s fun. Even if the results aren’t perfect you learn something new each time you try.

  4. Great challenge Marilyn – You did a great job doing your color mixing and the result is wonderful. I look forward to see what everyone produces for the challenge.

    1. Thanks Ruth! I hope people will give it go and share their results on the forum, too!

  5. That’s quite a challenge! I might try it using natural plant materials for dyeing. Same principle.
    Your end result really does look like a sunset!

  6. Thanks Cathy! That’s a great idea! I can’t wait to see your results!

  7. Great post Marilyn, the photos and explanations at each step are great. I confess I still haven’t got round to starting my Q2 challenge piece, although I have an idea of where I want to go with it, I’m thinking I can transfer that idea to the Q3 challenge…. is that cheating?

    1. Thanks Teri! No, I don’t think it would be cheating just doing a two in one. 🙂

  8. I was thinking the same as Teri, I might cheat a bit and use my second quarter challenge as the first part of this! Though saying that an easier picture might be better! The iPad sleeve is really nice Marilyn, and you got some nice dyeing results and blends 🙂

  9. Thanks Zed! Two for ones are fine. I look forward to seeing your challenge. Simplify it as much as you want. I just got carried away. 🙂

    1. Thanks Carole! I’m glad you’re inspired. We should have some interesting challenge pieces this quarter. I hope you’ll post your results.

    1. Thanks Anne! Isn’t it funny how we go thru stages of dyeing and it always seems like everyone else is, too.

  10. Fabulous post – very interesting – and you ended up with a lovely ipad cover! The pattern is a great abstraction of the photo.

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