Dyeing for Special Projects
On the Felting and Fiber Forum, I had mentioned doing some dyeing for projects and Zed encouraged me to write about it.
I’ve had a couple projects in mind that I needed specific colors in silk and wool and needed to mix colors to get the shades I needed.
The first one was for my daughter in law for a wall hanging. More about this next week. This one I used a dye bath for silk gauze, silk roving and merino. I also threw in some Corriedale to have on hand. I washed the silk gauze in synthropol an soaked it and the silk roving overnight in a vinegar bath. I soaked the wools in a vinegar bath for about a half hour before dyeing. I didn’t need too mix colors for this job. It was an Idye mix I had made a couple of years ago. I wasn’t sure if it would still be ok, but it worked well.
I was pleased with the results and got the exact shade I needed.
The second project I wanted to try mixing browns, greys and a green with acid dyes for another project. Here are a couple of my color tests. I’m not sure where the rest went I had quite a few formulas I tried.
I used saran wrap, a squirt bottle and a sponge brush to apply the mixed dyes to the pre-soaked silk pieces.
I used merino pre-soaked in vinegar in baggies and steam for this one. I thought I had saturated the fibers enough and rubbed the acid dye into the fiber. However, while it was in the steamer and left overnight the dye settled in spots. I expected the mottling on the silk which was fine.
However, all was not lost. After running the grays through the drum carder the colors were perfect.
Stay tuned for more on this project later. I ended up only using the gray wools, then making prefelt for the project. I will have to think of another project to use the silks and the browns. I did use some of the green wool as well which was fine as it was.
I find it interesting to mix colors to get a specific colors, some times it works well, others not so much. How has your experience been mixing dye colors?