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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Seemed like a great idea at the time!

I thought I would try a new twist on parfait dyeing. Right! Seemed like a great idea but it fizzled in the execution. I thought I would over-dye black and white fabrics parfait style. I used Yellow (bottom), Blue (middle) and Red ( top) which is obvious since the colors never intermixed much. I used Basic red, golden yellow and intense blue about a 1/2 teaspoon in 250 mils of water with just a pinch of deep black to knock back the boldness of the colors. I also dyed them using a different style. First I just put enough soda ash water in to wet each layer well then added mixed dye. I had almost no color wash out so my dye particles must have all been taken up by the fibers which equals not enough dye powder. Well, maybe not. The colors are medium light values and I am all about intense vibrant colors. At the end I poured what was left of the golden yellow and blue dyes together into one cup and threw in a piece of white. THAT I liked but it was my fav olive in a pale value.

These are embroidery threads I added


  1. I like these. I think they would have been REALLY nice if the color had been a little deeper. HMM...Think I will have to try this.

  2. The colors may not have been as deep as you would have liked, but they're still pretty nice. You can always overdye. This was a really good idea to use the black and white fabrics.


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