If you need basic 'how to' information on dyeing, I can recommend Dharma Trading Compay, where I buy my Procion MX dyes and other supplies. They are great, have an online store, as well as lots of experienced folk to help you on your way.
Then I mixed the dyes. I chose one of my favorite color combinations: Orchid, Lilac and Avocado. I mixed them at medium strength – 2 tsp dye powder per 1 cup of water. I don’t use urea, salt or any other additives.
I like to store my mixed dyes in Spaghetti Sauce jars – they have measurements on the side to help me make the proper amount. With a few exceptions, I can store my mixed dyes for at least several months in a refrigerator out in the garage without them losing their strength. I have noticed that yellows and blues tend to lose their strength sooner than other colors. I also try to remember to agitate the dyes a little when they have been sitting for awhile, to mix any solids that have separated and migrated to the bottom of the container.
Here is the first piece:
One reason I love scrunch dyeing is that I am able to achieve light and dark, and I love the fractured patterns that frequently occur.
In my next post, we will explore a couple of variations that I have experimented with, and compare the results to standard scrunch dyeing. Stay tuned!