One of the assignments in dye class was to work with your discomfort color. Here are my 3 skeins drying on the bottom rack this morning.
My discomfort color is orange, so the first skein on the left was (and still is) my least favorite. Here’s a close up fully dried – I’m showing the green here because I like that part best.
The dye color is a lot less saturated than it started out. My second favorite, the blue and green below started out with much deeper blues. But I like the faded look of these colors and they remind me of worn comfortable denim.
My very favorite is the blackberry. I thought it would be black black but I still love the result.
So here they are – all happy together. I got a much deeper appreciation of independent dyers and their process. Especially when they have to try to replicate a colorway hundreds of times.
Thanks again Tina for this look into the dying world.
In the last post I mentioned being assigned the task of thinking about the colors I love. That was all preparation for the class I had the great good fortune of taking from Blue Moon Fiber Arts‘ Master Dyer Tina.
The room was all set up and we spent a little time learning about wool and how the manufacturing/milling process changes the way dyes adhere. We worked with BMFA Socks that Rock yarn in medium weight and the same acid dyes that Blue Moon uses.
Here’s Tina showing us first how to add the colors.
She adds a second color and shows us how they blend together.
After adding a few more colors she demonstrates the fine art of “squooshing.
She lets us loose and we start playing with the colors – oh what fun!
This is IrishGirlie’s : Isn’t it beautiful?!
Once it is all saturated and ready to go, it gets a squirt of vinegar and wrapped it up in plastic so it is all nice and snug.
Here they are ready for the microwave (2 min) to set the colors, then they’ll dry.
I can’t wait to see the results! Hopefully I’ll be able to share a few photos tomorrow when we pick up our very own hand-painted yarn.
Lucky me to be assigned the task of paying attention to the colors I love in the week that is all about Green.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day – I hope it is full of green goodness!
And may the luck of the Irish be with you!