Here are a few of the 26 browns that I overdyed with Procion MX. All are made with 3 colors. They are available as a spreadsheet with recipes for 10"x10" swatches, fat quarters and full yard lengths. The spreadsheet is $5.50. Here are 3 of the browns. The rest can be seen HERE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/johanna-fritz/sets/72157638533600486/ Thanks for looking. Let me know what you think.
Since we had some great comments on record keeping, I decided to add my VERY simple system here. I am always looking for new color combinations. Before I do a new hue, I dye a 7 in swatch first, rather than a fat quarter or yardage. Here below is my plan, sketched out on paper to show cut lines and how I staple my dyeing parts recipe on the fabric swatch, and store them for my records. "334" upper left is my recipe in parts: 3 parts yellow and blue, 4 parts red. When the 7" square is done, I rotary cut off the top 2" with the recipe attached. I have swatches hanging by safety pins for future dyeing. I like having them at hand, hanging in front of me on my pegboard (see heading at the top of the page). The second rotary cut on the right side is for my records. I do not do this for all my colors, but if I want to make Hue Sheets, I can cut my 2" square from this piece. The bonus that is left: a 5" charm square for fun - if I like the color.
The end result: hanging swatches on my peg board, at easy reach when I need them. The shelving is a 5 shelf unit from Menards. It comes with the wood and each shelf can hold 500 Lbs. I split them up into an ironing space and a cutting space, both the perfect height - for about $60 total. Of course, net book in the photo tuned to Pandora.
In last week's post, I asked for your favorite colors, and what you would like to see in the free recipe section. By random choice, the winner is Barbara, who asked for a teal and rust. To make a nice teal, as opposed to buying a pre-mixed dye) there are 2 ways to do it: darken a blue with a black, or "tone down" the blue with it's complement, orange. The challenge is to find the best blue and the perfect "orange" to use. Here, the blue is Cerulean, but the orange is mixed from a yellow and red in particular proportions. I had to try a few "oranges" to come up with this one.
This week, I would love to hear your creative ideas for how you "organize" your sample swatches, if you make them. I have some simple ideas and photos about that to share in a future blog post. Leave a comment on your "system." If you post a comment here and share with us how your organize your samples and/or keep records (if you do) , the exact recipe for these lovely 2 color will be privately e mailed to you within 24 hrs. I look forward to reading your comments.
Don't forget to check the Dye Recipe Store page for the spreadsheet of all those yummy browns and neutrals. Only $5.00, via PayPal.
If you left a message in reply to the previous post about your favorite color, you should have received your recipe sheet and basic instructions within 24hrs of your posting. As noted on the PDF you received, a spreadsheet with all 26 recipes of the lovely chocolate and deep brownish neutrals that I developed is now available for $5.00 via Pay Pal, if you are interested. The recipes will come with exact amounts needed to make these colors on a 10x10 swatch, a fat quarter or a yard. There will be photos of each fabric as well. Just in time for the "shopping season."
If you buy the recipe spreadsheet and try one, let us know how you like it.
I plan to post one of my favorite, LWI (low water immersion) dye recipes here weekly. This summer I did a lovely batch of 26, overdyed neutral browns, This one above is my favorite. It was made with 3 colors that were each overdyed batched, and rinsed before the next color was added. They are yummy. If you post a comment here and share what color(s) is your favorite to dye, the exact recipe for this lovely color will be privately e mailed to you within 24 hrs. I look forward to reading your comments.
**A QUICK NOTE ON THE RECIPE: When you receive it, you will see the Procion MX dye numbers and names at the top of
the spreadsheet columns. These names and numbers refer to specific dyes sold by Dharma Trading Co. Another color purchased from a different dye company may have the same name, but will have a different number, and could be a different mixed dye. Two of the colors in this recipe are "pure" ones. If you are familiar with these pure dyes and you have them from other companies, you should be able to use them. If you are new to dyeing, to be safe, I would use the numbers/dyes that are listed from Dharma trading. I use dyes from all three major dye companies.
If you would like to learn more about "pure" dyes and what the codes mean, this is a great link,
All of the testing observations are posted on the Dye Hue Experiments page. It is in a 2 column format so that you can see the photos on the left and the comments on the right side of the page. If you roll your cursor over the photo, you should see the caption of which dye color it is without having to click on the photos first. At the end of the observations are all the technical data of the experiment, should you be interested. I will be posting a dye recipe of the week, so look for that tomorrow.
The Procion Princess (my alter ego) has been very busy the past few weeks. I had a crazy idea to test every black Procion MX dye that I could get my hands on. Crazy...crazy. I made 7" swatches (see my evolving DIY Dyeing page for more information) of 11 different blacks in DOS (depth of shade) ranging from 10% very dark - down to 1/32% DOS (.03%). I dye by weight: the weight of the dye and the weight of the fabric. I mentioned on the DIY Dyeing page that from 2008 and 2010 I did a little a lot of trial and much error. Then I found Candy Glendening and her awesome online classes: http://www.candiedfabrics.com/. I took her 101 and 102 classes used to dye by tsp. Depending on the dye, 1 tsp can weigh 2.5g to a little over 4g. I was challenged repeating a color I liked on cotton duck on a silk scarf. Taking her online, work-at-your-own pace classes showed me how much dye I was wasting, and that I did not need to use SO much water, slop and stir, stir, mess. From 2008 on, I had done a little reading on dyeing with Procion MX dyes.
While reading I had realized that the amount of MX dye powder used by various authors to dye 1 yard of fabric varied wildly. Some using 4 times the powder as others. After Candy's class, I was able to understand what DOS they were dyeing at - and in some cases, how much dye they were washing down the drain.
After Candy's section on dyeing shades and tones (adding grey and black to a hue), I began to question the range of the black dyes, and thus began the insanity. Look on the Dye Hue Experiments to see what I came up with. I took great care to photograph the swatches with the manual setting to ensure that I got accurate photos. I wanted you to be able to see what I am seeing.
While trying to think of a name for this undertaking, I looked at myself in the mirror and discovered that I had some magenta freckles, the result of my latest hand dyeing session. I proudly wore my "magenta freckles" to church, as I had no ReDuran on hand. I have been doing all kinds of experiments with Procion MX dyes. I decided to go online and finally get it all organized.