I’m currently stymied on the Celtic Braid Coat (the bound buttonholes are giving me conniptions), and since it isn’t due until September, I’ve decided to take a break for a day or two and have my dye play day today. Â Techniques for the day include tie-dye, low-water immersion, tray dyeing, and ice dyeing – next week I’ll go for the thickened dyes, shibori, and any remaining outfits. Â I have quite a bit of dyeing to do! but it should be quite enjoyable, and a nice break.
First on the agenda is seven men’s button-down shirts from Dharma Trading Co. Â These are made with rayon twill, and are lusciously drapey and wonderful. Â (They were also on clearance!) Â I’m going to experiment with tray dyeing, using the bookÂ Tray Dyeing: Exploring colour, texture, and special effects, by Leslie Morgan and Clare Benn of Committed to Cloth. Â This is basically a more sophisticated variant of low-water immersion dyeing. Â Then I’m going to do ice dyeing, which basically consists of arranging your soda-soaked cloth, heaping ice on it, and then sprinkling either powder or liquid dyes over the ice. Â (I’ll probably use liquid dyes, as it’s safer. Â I do own a respirator, but why put it on if you don’t have to?)
Here are the seven shirts I plan to make (subject, of course, to change without notice):
- Blues and purples, loosely scrunched and then tray dyed for a subtle overall pattern. Â May screen print on this later.
- Browns, formed by tray dyeing with golden yellow and violet – either scrunched or spiraled
- Golden yellow, moss green and royal blue – pleated and tray dyed in what Benn and Morgan call “the Monet effect” – putting the dyes on in a wavy pattern so there is more blending
- Green and blue – Mini spirals + scrunching
- Black and gray – scrunched up and “flooded” in the tray. Â This will be overdyed with a brighter color to produce an interesting textured effect.
- fuchsia, purple, and black – ice dyed, scrumpled.
- rust orange, chocolate brown, and black (Tiger colors!) Â – ice dyed, pleated (tiger stripes!)
I will likely use relatively muted colors as the objective is to expand my work wardrobe (which is boring, and getting a bit threadbare to boot!). Â The brilliantly tie-dyed T-shirts will come later!
If I can get those dyed today I’ll basically be happy.
But there is more waiting in the wings:
- White cotton bathrobe, to be tie-dyed. Â This is not PFD so I don’t know if it’s going to take dye well – but I figure it’s worth a try. Â I did scour it in two very hot water washes with Synthrapol!
- four white T-shirts
- two black T-shirts, for discharge and re-dyeing (or screen printing!)
- six pairs of socks
- three pairs of sweatpants
- two sports bras (hey, why not?)
- tiger T-shirt that needs painting with thickened dye
Hmm…I wonder if I could tie-dye the zucchini plant? Â That would certainly alert the neighbors to the alien menace in our back yard…!
Off to mix up dyes. Â I’ll post photos when done, of course. Â (And don’t forget Dye Day #2, coming up next weekend!)