Verdigris II

Verdigris II by tigerb
Verdigris II, a photo by tigerb on Flickr.

This is the result of the pole-wrapped veil with direct application of active Procion MX dyes. One problem I had with this veil was that I ran out of plastic wrap. Seriously. I wrap my pole projects in plastic wrap to keep them moist during batch, and I had that annoying experience of pulling on the roll.. and getting only the last 6 inches. I think that is part of why this did not end up a bit brighter.



Southwest by tigerb
Southwest, a photo by tigerb on Flickr.

Here is an uncorrected brown with turquoise accents. The “dark brown” became very coppery and pretty, so I’m glad I didn’t fool with it too much. My dance teacher snapped this one up.

Verdigris II in process

Verdigris II in process by tigerb
Verdigris II in process, a photo by tigerb on Flickr.

Yes, it’s very messy!

This is 3 yards of silk wound on a PVC pole. No external resists. I apply the dye directly and wrap it up in plastic. And yes… cleanup is the worst part!

hot day

A hot day outside means an unbearable day in our garage. An unbearable day in our garage means… time to dye with soda ash and Procion MX. I find that batching for four hours on silk in warm enough conditions provides some nice deep colors.

I thought I’d try dyeing some “edged” veils with direct application of activated dye. People like veils with contrast edges; normally I have to make them with two different tubs of dye and careful masking with plastic bags… it’s a pain in the neck. It would be nice if I could just squirt the dye on and have done with it. (What can I say? There are really only so many hours per veil I feel I want to spend.)

I folded one veil lengthwise and dyed the center brown and the edges a turquoise/green color. I didn’t correct the brown for silk hoping that the soda ash process would make it come out brown and not orange… it did get to be brown, but I hoped for a darker brown. I’ll go back to correcting I guess. The teal edges are very lovely but are (predictably) quite uneven. I knew it would not be a ruled line but hoped for a little better result than I got! Well. It still looks pretty cool.

I did one pole-wrapped veil in gold and green and turquoise. It is just yummy — makes me think of September when the leaves have just started to turn. Pictures soon.

and for my next trick

I need to dye someone a pale pink and gray scarf.

Let me just say, “eek.”

I could try this in a low water immersion setup with gray and pale pink dyes, but I doubt this will work very well. The gray Procion MX dyes I have used lean towards blue on silk. So putting in a baby pink color will give me gray, pink… and purple areas. And the purple will probably be the darkest.

I could also dye part of the scarf in Jacquard’s acid dye for silver gray. it makes a beautiful, beautiful shimmery color. Then I’d have to dye a previously protected part of the scarf with pink dye… but I don’t have a good pink acid dye, so I’d probably have to do that part with soda ash and Procion MX.

OR, I could do the whole thing with soda ash and Procion MX. And… how about an arashi shibori pole wrap? Woo hoo! Now we’re cooking!

snow dye trial 1: not proven

Well, I scrunched my fabric, put three inches of snow over it, poured on a cup of dye in “scribbles”, and went away for 24 hours.


Something that looks like a botched even-dye attempt. No fun breaking of colors. No speckles or geometric blotches.  Why?

I suspect it’s because the snow we got is dry and fluffy and let the liquid dye run through very quickly and easily. It didn’t resist very well.

I think I’ll try again… this time with dry powdered dye. I hesitate to work with powdered dye; I don’t like it floating around in the air. But I’ll give it a shot.

The reject blue fabric will just have to be overdyed, I guess.

A foot of snow = time to try snow dyeing

Snow dyeing is immensely popular and people have posted many photos of the cool effects of this technique all over the web. I found some pretty good instructions at Prochem and intend to try them out this week. Wish me luck!

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