Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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.
Posted by Beth at 5:00 AM