The colors of the day were Chino, Storm Grey, Boysenberry, Violet and Chartreuse. I've decided that I'm going to have to start setting up some rules when I pick hand dyeing colors. I'm not allowed to do any dyeing unless I do at least one neutral - one dark and one light. This is the same rule I had when I shopped for commercial quilt fabric. I mean if you don't buy one neutral - one dark and one light - you end up with a stash of medium fabrics which is very pretty but not very practical.
Luckily, all my fabric was ready. I had scoured up my Joanne Fabrics finds and cut up the left over Arrowmont pfd Test Fabrics - got out the red solo cups and got after it! After listening to Elizabeth Barton's lecture on safety in mixing dyes, I now do it on my open air wrap around porch. But gosh it was sure easier when she did the mixing for me!! I tried to do the math before hand so I would mix only what I was using and came pretty darn close.
Ugh!! Didn't remember till half way through. Now normally that wouldn't be such a big deal, right?! I mean purple fingers will only be a testimony to how artsy I am and make me look more legit as a real artist. BUT tonight is Teacher night and now everyone will know that I was too dumb to remember my gloves! I'll give them a good lemon soak but I'm not holding out too much hope!
So the results are in
- The chino gradations are marvelous - so glad I did half yds - too funny that its on the $2 yd yellow fabric from Joann's
- Boysenberry is gorgeous raspberry hot pink - super pretty!
- Storm grey gradations came out great too - finally a grey that is just my idea of grey!
- The Violet needs some work - I'm still getting blues and purples and not a nice solid Violet
- The Chartreuse isn't really chartreuse - it came out really - really green so I'm going to have to try out those again.
So what have you been up to creatively?