A pile of color

Pile of color

For the last couple of weeks before my trip to Charlotte, I spent a lot of time with the dyepots. I love looking at all the colors after a dye session. All of the colors above were created with Sabraset dyes from ProChem. The usual dye formula is to use a 1% ratio of dye to the weight of goods. In this case I was taking that 1% and dividing it among the two colors that I was mixing, in this case violet and scarlet.

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As you can see, the colors on the bottom gradually change from more violet to more scarlet. the colors in the center are all scarlet, but the percentage of the dye to the weight of the wool changed. On the left is a 1% dyeing, then .0075, .005, etc. I obviously didn’t plan this picture well because the oranges are mixed in everywhere, but I did the same with them. The oranges are mixed with the scarlet and sun yellow. I am emphasizing the color names for the red and yellow because there is also a deep red and a mustard yellow, both of which are my favorites.

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I will spend a few evenings watching mindless TV and winding the skeins into balls, carefully labeling each one with its formula. Having all this color in one place makes my day sunnier!

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