Saturday, May 15, 2010

Dyeing not dieing

Yes I have been dyeing again and I can say that I am getting better each time.
This time I was a brave girl and went solo--all alone--by myself.
As I have said before I am always surprised at the results that I get because I am not one to follow rules and to do this dying business you are supposed to be precise with your measurements.
I am using Procion dyes which I have had for over 10 years still in their little screw top containers-unopened waiting for me to be adventurous enough to try them out.
The thought of having to measure everything has always been the deterrent for me but after being with Suzanne last week I thought "what the heck no one is going to kill me if I stuff it up".
So I got 4 plastic zip lock bags and one big Jar and started stuffing fabric and threads into them.There were cotton fabrics-silk fabrics some linens and felt as well and also some cotton Damask.
Also I had Perl 5 thread-silk ribbon- lace doylies-motifs-scraps of heirloom sewing samples-plus some old tablecloths that had holes in them-some commercial fabrics that had writing on them-a piece of a white cotton skirt with lace on it.
I also tossed in bits of different braids and laces and cords.
I was really experimenting to see what effect the dyes had on different things.
The colours that I used were Lemon Yellow -Turquoise and Fuschia.
I mixed everything up like Suzannes had told me and poured the colours into the bag then added the soda ash water-gave it a poke to make sure it had soaked into everything and then I waited.
When it was time to take it all out of the bag I was amazed because there were four different colourways in the one bag.
What the.......................
Well as you can see in this first bag they are very strong Autumn colours--and notice the one on the left hand side-that is the felt one.




This is the second colourway.............
And then the third..........................



And lastly this one which has a strong rusty tinge to it.


These were all in the one bag--amazing eh?
I know that if you mix red and yellow you get orange and if you mix blue and yellow you get green--I know all that- and I can see where the colours have blended with the ones on either side of them but I am still amazed.
Tomorrow I will show you the other ones.

16 comments:

Fran├žoise said...

They're wonderful!
And now, what are you going to do with all these goodies?
:-)

susanmcb said...

Well done Doreen - you have some lovely results....it really is not difficult, and I love the unexpected results one can get. Look forward to the net batch. Sue McB

Joei Rhode Island said...

You are too funny!! Ten years!!??? These are lovely...you'll have lots of fun with them.

Jenxo said...

oh wow, you got some great effects, they wil be lovely to use in future projects..

Micki said...

They look pretty fantastic to me. You have some really nice colors going on there.

Maureen said...

Brilliant Doreen, I'll parcel up my bits and send them for your special treatment!! - I'm only brave enough to spay ink mine!!

Dotti said...

These colors are sooooo rich! What you ended up with IS amazing!But, those 3 colors you used are similar in color to the inks our printers use...and look at the combinations our printers come up with!

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

These are luscious Doreen!

Janet said...

Gorgeous! That's the word only word to describe these!! I can't imagine how you got all those colors....it's amazing. Good for you for being brave and giving it a try. Just look at your results!!!

maggi said...

Brilliant results Doreen. Just to encourage you - I never measure out precise amounts, and although I can rarely repeat something why would I want to?!!

kiwicarole said...

You should feel pretty darn pleased with your efforts! Gorgeous colours, you'll be selling them in your etsy store shortly!

Julie said...

You've got some wonderful colours Doreen! Isn't dyeing fun?! :o)

Sandy said...

They turned out beautifully.

Aussie Jo said...

Fantastic results Doreen. I'm just doing the final thesis tweak and then I will try some.

Monica said...

Beautiful dyeing, Doreen. I wish I was adventurous enough to just give it a go. Maybe when I'm not quite so busy.

Pat said...

Fab results Doreen.