I made two quick improvements to my process. Jim gave me 4 paint stirrers from his stash, so I had separate stirrers for each dye pot.
This time I converted the weight of the table salt needed for each dyepot to fluid ounces so I could just measure it in my dye measuring cups. I used a nifty little online conversion tool that can convert weight to volume for more than 400 substances.
This time I got a little more adventurous and made some mixtures. The dyes were already dissolved into dye solutions, so I mixed by proportions instead of by exact formulas.
Three resources that helped me were:
- RIT Dye Color Recipes
- Advice from the Dye Forum on ProChem Dye Color Combinations
- ProChem's Dye Instructions
I pushed the turquoise toward blue and toward green by adding blue or green to the turquoise dye.
I combined orange and brown to make pumpkin. (It darkened to brown about halfway through the dyeing process. Not quite what I wanted, but OK.)
I combined red and orange hoping for something different from the red I dyed last time....and that looks like it was successful.
Note the theme of moving away from orange in those two combinations.
Finally, I combined red with brown in an attempt to make burgundy. I threw a teaspoon or purple in there, and about a quarter cup of black. (Those measurements were of dye mixed with water - not of dye powder!)
I hoped for burgundy. I got something more like eggplant.
- How do you tie your skeins so they don't get tangled and snarled?
- To dye yarn a pastel color, do you just add a lot more water (or a lot less dye?)
- Once the yarn reaches a color you like, can you remove it from the dye bath to stop it from getting darker?? I had a combination of orange and brown that looked like pumpkin on the yarn for quite a while. But then it got darker and darker, and is brown now. Was there some way to stop it from changing from pumpkin to brown??
- Do you just squeeze excess water out of the skeins and hang them to dry? Or is there a trick to get them to dry faster? Mine are drying indoors, and it takes days.
If you can answer any of these, please comment or email me!!!
I want to show you pictures of finished yarn. And I will, once it's dry and turned into balls of yarn instead of unruly clumps of color.
I definitely appreciate color, dyers, and all of my colored yarn so much more now!!
First dye session