Friday, April 3, 2009
A New Formula
Wanda Kerr offers interesting dyeing challenges and insights on her site.
After finishing some other dyeing, I attempted her challenge to make a new formula. She asked that we choose two dyes- one we love and one we hate.
I chose a dull gray-green Pro Chem dye called Evergreen as the dye I like. I certainly did not like my second choice, Pro Chem Magenta, a screechingly harsh pink. I mixed equal small amounts in a dye bath and dyed Dorr natural wool, with very little stirring.The photo shows the result.
The green, a compliment to red, dulled the magenta to a red violet. This colour will be useful in a small mat I am making about the Painted Desert of Arizona.
The process and result were interesting and I will try new combinations in future dyeing sessions. Through this type of experimentation, we can learn more about colour and dyes and at the same time, add to our hand-dyed wool stash. If you don't like the resulting colour, you can always over-dye! -- Rita
*photo credit: Rita