Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cushion Covers

Nature dyed main colours. Acid dyed accents on lighter one. Darker one is all acid sued. 
Handspun wool. Some E. Friesian.
Some Lincoln Longwool. 
Wool waste for stuffing. 

Natural Dyeing BMS

July 30/14
BMS? British Milk Sheep
Fineness? a medium wool. Mitts & things similar.
Dyes? Marigold. Tansy. Yellow Bedstraw.
Mordants? Iron. Copper. Alum.
Photographed with my Iphone in the early morning light. Unfortunately the colours were not picked up very well, but you get the general idea. The tansy on alum (upper right) is my favourite. Pretty yellow.
Bottom to top: Marigold. Bedstraw. Tansy. Left to Right: Iron. Copper. Alum.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Greener Shades Colour Wheels

I have been doing some acid dyeing just for my own basic reference tool.
Greener Shades acid dyes have 2 blues - River & Coral Reef Aqua, 2 reds - Flame & Ruby, 1 yellow and black. Secondary colours - Sunset Orange, Amethyst Purple and Amazon Green are available too.
I created 4 colour wheels using the percentage system with slightly off white carpet wool. 2 Sets of the skeins were 20 yds. and weighed 10 grams each. These were dyed using .5% DOS (depth of shade) with Ruby Red & River Blue and .2% DOS which used Flame Red and River Blue.

The depth of the colour at such a low saturation point was surprising. The colours were very deep.
.2% DOS

.5% DOS
On another I used 10 yd. 5 gram skeins of the same type of wool, but the dye amounts were too small for accurate calculations with the syringes I had available. In these cases I used a small amount of water and only an eyedropper to measure by the drop. On these I added 10% black to each.
10% black added. Eyedropper measurement.
One more colour wheel, eyedropper method of measurement using 10% of the complementary colour.
10% of the complement added. Eyedropper method.
Then I took all of the colours I had from Greener Shades and did the same 5 variations with DOS on all using 10 gram 20 yd. skeins.
.2% .5% 1% 2% 3% DOS
Overall good reference tools. Now I must take a sample from each and make a traditional wheel of sorts to make comparison easier.