Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Parfait Dyeing

I'm sold on Parfait Dyeing! What a great way to get a variety of fabrics with luscious colors to choose from. This time I did it a little differently than I did the first time with the browns. (a few days ago) I cut up 8 fat quarters and either folded, twisted, or scrunched the pieces. Because the mixed dyes were under 4oz each a bundle of fabric was placed in a tray before dye was squirted on. I tend to use small squirt bottles. Then the color was massaged through the fabric and the bundle was placed into a plastic jar. When all of the bundles were in the jar mixed soda ash was poured over all of the bundles until they were all submerged. Twenty-four hours the bundles were individually removed and lightly rinsed before they all went into the washing machine for a proper removal of excess dye. It's a bit shocking to see the soda ash turn murky in the jar and trust that each dye color is doing its magic; the results speak for themselves. Some color combinations are better than others, but I think that each piece has possibilities.
The first layer above is deep yellow/lemon yellow that was mixed 1:1. Raw colors can be a bit harsh thus I mix a lot of them.

Fuchsia warmed up with a pinch of brown.

Turquoise warmed up with a pinch of brown.

Scarlet/Chinese Red, 1:1. (this combo usually looks more orange, but the neighbors on either side of the bundle played a huge role this result.)

Charcoal grey/pewter, 1:1.

The same yellow combo as layer 1.

The same dye combo as layer 4, scarlet/Chinese red.

Black. Procion dyes from Dharma #44 & #300, 1:1
Eight bundles in this Parfait batch.


Vicki W said...

Those are fabulous results!

queenopearls said...

Freaking FABULOUS!
I see faces at the bottom of the turquoise with a pinch of brown.
Oh my stars, these are stunning.
I'm excited for/with you!

Anonymous said...

All of these are so wonderful! Just wonderful!!!

marieJ said...

.....LOVE LOVE them all!!...

La Dolce Vita said...

Gail, these are gorgeous!

Kim Palmer said...

Catching up on all of your experiments and these are just sensational Gail. Love them all but the turquoise and yellow are outstanding!