I’ve continued on with my low immersion dyeing of my dyes. What has been really challenging is to photograph the browns. They’ve been dyed for a week, but still not able to get a good picture. But that will come.
Anyway, here are two sets of my blues. I am so partial to blues! Do you have a favorite? I love them all, but the Caribbean Blue has stolen my heart right now!
And some greens. I had only ice dyed Celadon which I didn’t like at all. I love it dyed this way.
And the grays. If you are not familiar with fiber reactive dyes, there are primary and there are the dyes that are made with those primaries. When you look at the first three grays, they don’t look solid gray. Since I’m using little water to dye, the dye colors separate out a bit. In ice dyeing they are more pronounced. When these top three are vat dyed, or what we think of as regular dyeing, they will turn out shades of gray. The gray below is a primary, so it will not split into colors since there are no other colors in it.
As for firsts, here is our first asparagus of the season. Won’t be long now!
Usually I have the bed done before the asparagus start popping up. This year I got the rows all weeded and covered with shredded paper, but haven’t covered the walkways or edges in cardboard and straw yet. But that’s okay. You can see the weeds in the walkways with still some straw left from last year.
Another first is the beginning of the iris parade. This is Powder Blue Giant, an iris cristata. A really funny name since this is a tiny iris.
I also bought a book for my genealogy research that arrived this past week. It’s really more of a reference book, but from what I’ve already read, it is really interesting.
Everything is starting to bloom, and my dyeing of all those dyes is almost over. Hope to see you next time.
Eye candy for sure. I like the colors that separate, especially Gunmetal Gray with turquoise showing thru.
I wish we had asparagus in our garden, fresh is always so much nicer than store bought. LWI dyeing with grey is such an interesting process. Hope your back is feeling better.
Wow, you’ve been busy in the dye studio! I really like those greens — goes along with spring.
Sherrie, Yes, it’s been a busy time, but it feels good to get this little project done.
Luann, The fresh does taste better, but by the time the 6th week rolls around I’m pretty tired of it!! I’m so glad Jacquard came out with that primary gray, but then I love the others. I’ve done about all I can do about this back. Messaged the doc to order me PT again. Hate to have another shot, but it’s been probably two years since the last one. Thanks for asking. But it has felt worse, so that’s good!
Norma, Me too!
I love Sea Glass , Cerulean or Bluebird blue. You mention that using small amounts of water will still cause a bit of split even when using only one color if not a primary. Now I know why I got a color split on a t-shirt with very low immersion. I am loving the pure Gray as it doesn’t split. What is the name and where to find the Gray? Most helpful information, thank you!
Hi Claudette, I need to mention that reds and yellows don’t do much splitting either. The Neutral Gray is from Jacquard and it is a pure or primary. I love it too. You can get it online from a variety of places including Blicks, or Jerry’s, and even Amazon sells it.
Re: Neutral Gray, thank you! I shall order . That is so helpful
Claudette, You’ll love it.