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Happy Easter

Just like to wish everyone a Happy Easter and a joy-filled celebration with your families.

 I received my order from ProChem yesterday so since I ordered six of the Internet specials I thought I’d post them so others will have a bit of a clue what they look like.

 I think (I could be wrong) that the Internet specials are dye lots that didn’t quite meet the ProChem specifications for their standard colour chart. So they rename these dyes and sell them at a reduced price to the public. It’s very much like a goody bag in that you don’t really know what you’re getting but the fun is in finding out. I always do a gradation on the dyes and then try and match them up to see what dye they were going for.

I have done two and have another four batching at the moment. The two I have done are Dusty Pink and Bark.
Dusty Pink
ProChem’s Internet special Dusty Pink.

ProChem’s Internet special Bark.

For the Dusty Pink I used twice the concentration I normally use for a red dye because I didn’t want a washed-out wussy colour. The dye reminded me of something I’d already done and sure enough I think the closest match is Rosewine with Berry coming a close second. The Rosewine has a bit of a grey tinge to it and the Dusty Pink has this grey tinge as well but just a slightly darker value than the Rosewine. In other words the Rosewine is a brighter pink.

The bark was a very nice colour at it’s darkest value. The medium and light grades didn’t appeal to me as much. I don’t know what colour this compares to as I don’t have a great many browns from ProChem.

It’ll be interesting to see what the other colours turn out like. I have two more browns, a purple and a winter sky, which I thought was a purple but might be a grey or black. 

I’ll post pictures of the rest of the gradations tomorrow if I have time. My daughter is coming tomorrow and a group of us will be heading into Toronto to pick out material for bridesmaid dresses for her wedding in September. I’m not quite sure how long that whole business will take. I think I’m supposed to fit in an Easter dinner somehow in there. Beats me how I’m going to get home in time to stick the roast in the oven and fix all of the trimmings. I am Mother, hence Super Woman.



Black and Ecru Pole Shibori

Well I spent a good part of the afternoon yesterday dyeing yet again. The first project was for my upcoming Shibori swap in February. I decided that I was going to try pole shibori but this time actually do the string method. That of course lasted for about half an hour before giving up and reverting back to the easier method of wrapping the fabric around the pole and scrunching it down upon itself. The idea for the shibori using string is to exert a bit of pressure on the string so that it creates a resist and then scrunch the fabric up the pole as you go. Well I couldn’t budge the fabric so gave up. Maybe I shouldn’t have wrapped the string so tight, I’m not sure and didn’t want to take the time to find out as I don’t have much time to waste.

I did wrap some sinew around the ends of my quick wrap piece to help create a resist there but that was all I did. I decided to over-dye the ecru with black. I was afraid that the black would over-power the ecru so I went lightly with the dye, I shouldn’t have worried as there is more ecru than black.
Wrapped pole
Wrapped pole with one yard ecru.

Over-dyed pole
Over-dyed pole, bright exposure on camera.

Black and Ecru Shibori
Black and ecru shibori.

I dyed the final colour wheel for my nested round robin quilt. For this colour wheel I did the dark colour wheel using full-strength dye. I’d post a picture but truth to tell the camera makes it look like a medium colour wheel so it seems pointless as I already have one of those posted.

Lastly I did a colour run for my other group’s “Make a Shade” swap. I was disappointed in the results but not surprised.  I had thought we were to do a gradation and add an additive (wow, how’s that for a mouthful) in a small amount but no we were to treat this as a make colour run so the result was that a lot of black got added to my boysenberry dye. As a result I’ve mostly black samples as the boysenberry was over-powered. Grey would have been a better choice of colour if I’d known.
Boysenberry-Black colour run
Boysenberry-Better Black run, overexposed showing lighter than normal.

I’ve had a real problem with my camera today, it’s making all my rich dark colours lighter than normal, maybe the day is just too overcast and it’s over-compensating…you don’t think it’s my camera skills do you, lol.


More Colour Wheels.

I’ve been busy dyeing, washing and ironing fabric for my upcoming nested round robin. I had previously posted a medium colour wheel (scroll down) in this colour-way, Dharma’s marigold, burgundy and navy blue.  Yesterday I dyed a light colour wheel and another medium colour wheel .
Light colour wheel marigold burgundy navy blue
Light colour wheel – Dharma’s marigold, burgundy, navy blue.

To the medium colour wheel I added Jacquard’s Jet Black to each colour. I had debated whether or not to add the black to the medium wheel because I had a feeling that the colours would be on the dark side – and that’s the way they turned out. It’s interesting how an additive will change the colours.I choose Jacquard’s Jet Black because I’d heard that it was a fairly neutral black but I’m thinking it tends to bluish black because of the way the black reacted with my colours. A few interesting greens and browns in this additive wheel.
Medium colour wheel with additive - marigold, burgundy, navy blue
Medium colour wheel with Jet Black additive – colour’s a bit off – too bright.

Side by side marigold, burgundy, navy blue
Light – Medium colour wheels one picture shot side by side.

With the leftover dye from the light and medium wheels I tossed together a few parfaits. Using the leftover lighter dye I alternated the dye with fat eighths in a vase, six layers in total. For the leftover medium dye I added 1 ml of black to each of the remaining 1/8 cups of dye. I then added this to two fat eights of material again in another vase. The piece on the bottom received the dregs and ended up a really nice piece of fabric. I’m really regretting that it’s only a fat eighth.
Parfait vase marigold burgundy navy blue
Light parfait – marigold, burgundy, navy blue

Parfaits marigold burgundy navy blue
Resultant colours of above.

Parfaits with additive - marigold burgundy navy blue
Medium parfaits with jet black additive.

I also did an Ivory gradation yesterday. Dharma says to use the dye at half strength but I wanted to see what it was like at full strength so I just added another couple of steps to my usual six but to tell the truth they are so pale as to be almost white.  The ivory at it’s strongest step reminds me of an orange creamsicle then as it fades I get a strong sense of buttered popcorn but the kind with the fake margarine if that makes sense. LOL, you don’t think my diet’s getting to me do you?
Ivory gradation
Dharma’s Ivory in 8-step gradation.

Speaking of which, I have lost nine pounds in two and a half weeks. Sounds good but most of it was water weight that came off in the beginning. I’m down to losing about one pound every five days now. Frustrating because I’m eating next to nothing. My own fault I guess, I haven’t been exercising as much as I should but then again I have been getting the house tidier and lots of dyeing and crafts done.


Colour Gradations

Well in the midst of frantically trying to get Christmas presents done, two of my orders arrived this week. One order was from Hawaii and had my three Shiva paintstiks – iridescent copper, silver and gold plus three jars of MX dye from Dharma (Kathy the owner of Hana Lima Hand Dyes had kindly sent them on to me). The other order was from ProChem and also had dyes in the package along with some urea and potato dextrin.

 I use the urea to help dissolve the dye powder into water; it is also used as a humicant in my tie-dye shirts to help retain the moisture. You want the fabric to remain moist so the dye continues to bond with the fabric. The potato dextrin is mixed up much like mashed potatoes and spread thinly onto the fabric. You let your piece dry and then bang it up a bit to crack the dextrin into fine lines. The dye is then applied overtop the fabric to give a crackle appearance to the fabric piece – something to try after the New Year. Hopefully it turns out better than the discharge fiasco.

Anyhow, I’ve done several gradations over the past two days and thought I would post them down below for people to see what the different colours look like. The first group of four I’d already cut out before thinking of using the camera. They look on the small side but still give you an idea of what the colour looks like.
ProChem’s: Rose Wine, Olive, Country Blue, Butterscotch

Dharma’s burgundy
Dharma’s Burgundy

Dharma’s Navy Blue
Dharma’s Navy Blue

ProChem’s Pagoda Red
ProChem’s Pagoda Red

ProChem’s Rosewood
ProChem’s Rosewood (more a peach in real life)