Dianne and I got together to dye again this Thursday and first we did a little show and tell of what she had done the week before. This was one she did with the New Black from ProChem.
These were three pieces done with an Intense Blue and put on large poles on the diagonal. The first was an overdye on a Mixing Red.
The top piece was scrunched and tied up and dipped in a dark green.
This piece was wrapped on a small pole on the diagonal and squished down and dyed with a mix of brown and black. The Basic Brown is always too reddish for me and I like this dark chocolate.
This was done by doing hand stitching and pulling tight and dyed with a mix of Scarlet and Basic Brown.
I was anxious to try the new Gray that is a pure color (and not a mix like all previous grays). Both Dianne and I did a gradation using the same concentration of dye and one yard pieces. This is Dianne's result and below is my result.
Mine are obviously much darker and I had a bag break so I think that is why the one piece is lighter than I would expect. The difference -- hers was pfd and mine was pfd and Mercerised which gives you a much deeper color which really shows here.
I can finally use up the remaining Mixing Gray I have hoarded since 1999!! They stopped making it years ago and it was a prepared gray. This was is just great and I am so happy I happened upon a Facebook posting which pointed me to Carol Soderlund's blog on the new color!
I also did another gradation which I had great hopes for. Like a beginner, I somehow forgot to add the soda ash!!! So I got a bunch of very pale blue pieces of fabric! Well, into the overdye pile!!
I did throw some pieces of pink fabric into a couple of the pots to overdye the and they are pretty boring and will get overdyed again!! This was a bit of a surprise. I had a set of fat quarters that were a gradation of Mixing Red and not particularly exciting. I overdyed them with a 3 percent solution of Sun Yellow and got a really nice gradation and I could definitely see them in flowers in the future. I really do like the effect you get when you overdye a gradation with a set percentage of another color.
Now I am trying to figure out what colors to come up with in one of our Extreme Overdyeing events a week from tomorrow!