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Yesterday I decided to try Melody Johnson's "Lazy Dyer" technique for creating solids. She fondly refers to this method as the Squeeze and Wring.
I used a natural color cotton sateen (my new favorite fabric for dyeing) and worked with deep navy, strongest red, and deep orange to create 3 and 4 step gradations. Using the same amount of dye concentrate, each step was made by adding twice the water as the previous step. That sounds pretty confusing...let me try again. I used 1/4 cup dye concentrate Straight Up for the darkest piece, then used 1/4 cup dye concentrate plus 1/4 cup water for the medium dark piece, then 1/4 cup dye concentrate plus 1/2 cup water for the light piece.
I had an extra 1/4 yard of fabric (how that is possible dividing a yard into 4 pieces is my own stupidity for tearing along the selvedge without realizing it before it was too late!) so I did an extra piece of dark navy using 1/4 cup concentrate with 3/4 cup water. I actually LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the color!! It reminds me of a great pair of blue jeans.
Nobody warned me how addictive dyeing fabrics can be.
And I am trying to keep a journal of my dyeing recipes. You'd think since I'm a trained CPA I was meticulous and organized! You'd be wrong!!! My office during tax season used to look like a bomb exploded in there, but I always knew where everything was, well almost everything.
It's a start in the right direction at least.