A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Posted by Laura McGrath-guest during February--
Lots of fun stuff going on here with Ann Johnston’s DVD Color by Accident this month! I’m
going to show my results with some of her Parfait Dyeing technique.
First, I mixed up all the dye solutions, using the 14 pure
colors. I used 2 cups of water and 3-4
tablespoons of dye powder to each bottle.
(And realized later, after doing a bunch of dyeing, that I forgot to add
the 4-8 tablespoons of urea that I was supposed to include—whoops!)
For the parfait dyeing, I wet my fabric pieces that were each
about 18” x 44”, and wrung out the excess water. Then I put one piece in a large jar and
scrunched it up really good. I took a
one cup container and put about 4 tablespoons of Intense Blue dye solution in
it, then filled with water to have a full cup. I poured it on the fabric, waited about 5
minutes, then poured in about ½ cup of soda ash/water solution. Second piece was done the same way, this time
using Tangerine dye solution, and adding soda ash again. For the third piece I used Strong Orange dye concentrate,
and again added soda ash, and squished it all down tightly.
Then I waited an hour, and rinsed it all out, and washed in the washing machine.
Here are the finished pieces:
I did this whole process again, the second time using a stronger
solution of the same dye concentrates (8 tablespoons dye solution of each color). I thought I would get a really deeper color,
but it didn't make it twice as dark.
Here are the two sets side-by-side--
It surprised me that the Tangerine and Strong Orange colors
were pretty much taken over by the blue, creating so much green. The best part of this process is that it was SO easy!