So, I’m working on a new quilt. But we can’t publicize photos until after jurying. But I figured I can show you one bit of it–the fabric that I am dyeing, because this isn’t what it’s going to look like. I’d be surprised if anyone will be able to see this then realize that my entry is the one attached to this photo. I hope.
I wanted a very exact color. Thanks to my classes with Carol Soderlund, achieving this is possible, but sometimes I need to overdye. My biggest challenge is that I haven’t dyed enough fabric to have a good grasp of how much the color will change once washed and dried–it lightens up a lot. And in this case, the blue I wanted ended up being a mix of two blues, which I haven’t done in any of the classes I’ve taken. So I was winging it. I ended up using ProChem’s Intense Blue and a tiny bit of turquoise. To get the shade I need, I used 0.9 gram (which is a ridiculously small weight) of Intense blue and…get this…. 0.1 gram of Turquoise. On my first attempt, I used a very pale wash of the Turquoise over the solid blue I had dyed with Intense Blue. And it was too turquoise. So I started over. The second attempt is the one that is on the table above, on its second round adding more of the combination (with a lot less turquoise) to get it a bit darker. It worked!
And that’s all I can show you until about June. Gotta get to work! More anon!