Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Reposting-Dyeing Turquoise using LWI

Laura's post--(sorry the pictures didn't show up in the one I sent to Beth for posting)

Using Turquoise in LWI dyeing

I experimented with using Turquoise dye powder and the low water immersion method, because Turquoise is the one color that the dye experts tell you has to stay on for 12-24 hours in order to bind to the fabric.  I love using turquoise, and was wondering how it would work to use this method that only requires one hour of batching your fabric.

I dyed four fat quarters using 1/4 cup water and 2 tablespoons of dye concentrate.

One piece was left in the dye for one hour, the second for 2 hours, the third for 8 hours, and the last for a full 24 hours.

The value different is subtle, and hard to see in these pictures, but the one-hour piece was almost an icy blue, while the 24-hour piece was a slightly deeper shade of turquoise.  There was hardly any difference between the one-hour and two hour pieces.

So, my conclusion is that if you are using Turquoise in your 1 hour LWI dyeing, you might want to mix up a stronger concentrate so it isn't lost during the washing out part of the process.

7 comments:

  1. Rather than adding a stronger solution of dye you might get better results warming up the fabrics...in the sun, in a dedicated microwave for a minute or two or by placing on a heating pad.

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  2. I usually dye with Turquoise in the summer, and leave in the sun, which helps a lot. I only have one microwave, and no heating pad, either, so these weren't options for me at this time.

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  3. Great, now we can see the results!
    I never did such an experiment, but with all the good advices, I will try.

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  4. Thanks for the pictures. I can't wait until the weather warms up just a bit, so I can dye some more. The alternative is dyeing in my son's bathtub, but he's 20 and isn't that happy about all of mom's buckets and such taking over his bathroom!

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  5. CraftALife, I've been dyeing in my bathroom for the past few weeks, since it's been so cold here, and I'd much rather work outside or in my garage!

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  6. Jeanette, no salt. This month we're using Ann Johnston's Low Water Immersion techniques from her DVD set, and she doesn't use salt.

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