Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Blues (color that is)

Here are the results of dying with Pro Chem # 490 Blue. The wool is dyed using the lazy swatch method on Gene Shepherd's blog and the silk and velvet were dyed using the microwave method as described before.
  The lazy swatch method uses 1/2 teaspoon of  powdered dye to 1 cup of boiling water. Add this cup of liquid dye to  1.5 gallons of boiling water, turn off the heat as the citric acid may cause the water to bubble up, then add  1 tablespoon of citric acid crystals or 11 tablespoons of vinegar to the water and return to the heat. Take 1/4 yard of pre-soaked wool and add it to the pot ( soak wool in warm or hot water from faucet with a small amount of synthrapol added to it for at least 30 minutes ahead of time). Open up the wool so the dye can penetrate it and then gather it up with tongs or a wooden spoon and press it against the side of the pot and hold for 30-40 seconds. Do the same for three more pieces. This makes nice mottled pieces of 4 different values. It is hard to see, but the wool is of 4 values.
The silk and velvet have had the dye spooned on and the set in microwave for 2 minutes.


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