I only squeezed in one dyebath this weekend, but it was instructive. I managed to match one more color from the color wheel (only two left to go), and got one more near-match for the beige:
On the right is the first attempt; on the left is the second attempt, the color I’m trying to match is in the center.
Karren told us that value (lightness/darkness of the color) is the first thing we should try to match. So I tried a couple different DOS (depth of shade – the ratio of dye to fiber), and came up with one (the left-hand sample) that matched pretty well at 0.6% DOS.
The next thing to match is hue – the basic color. One of mine is too yellow, the other too red. Somewhere in the middle is the right hue. Since the too-yellow sample has a ratio of about 5:1 yellow: red and the closest too-red sample has a ratio of about 2.3:1, for my next batch of skeins I’m going to try a sampling of all the ratios in between.
Finally, once you have the hue down, you match the chroma (relative brightness or “pure-ness” of the color). Of the samples I’ve wound onto cards, 17-25% Royal Blue added to the yellow-red mix seems to produce the right chroma, about 3 on the Munsell scale. So I am using percentages of Royal Blue in that range.
Here are the next ten skeins I plan to dye:
|DOS||Mustard||Royal Blue||Deep Red||Ratio of Mustard
to Deep Red
The three variables I’m playing with are depth of shade, ratio of gold to red, and the percentage of blue. (The blue is in there to dull the color, being the complement of gold + red=orange.)
I’ve decided to switch over to percentage of total dye for my notation, as I’m finding it easier to think through when working with three colors.
It’s going to take me probably another 2-3 iterations to duplicate this color, but I can sense I’m getting closer!