Monday, August 10, 2009
This weekend, I worked on some more dyeing. I had heard about the fabric Radiance PFD by Robert Kaufman and wanted to see how this 55% cotton/45% silk fabric would take both Procoin dye and rust.
On the left, you can see the results of three buckets that I dyed using my own mix and Ann Johnston's Value Parfait recipe guidelines.
I love the sheen and the colors, but I notice that since the silk has more sheen, and probably since the silk absorbs color differently, there isn't as much variation as there would be in 100% cotton dyed with the same recipes and stirred in the same manner. You can see this most clearly in the mid and deep range values of the green and the red.
--Mix the dyes in more widely varying mixtures,
--Use smaller buckets. Something more along the lines of a large yogurt cartoon would be better than the 1 gallon ice cream buckets I usually use.
On the right are two small pieces of radiance that I rust dyed. I love the way the radiance takes the rust. It lifts the rust more quickly and it takes it more crisply than the other cottons I've tried.
If you've played with Radiance and have any tips to share, I'd love to hear them.
Posted by Lori Gravley at 9:11 AM