I snuck out of the house early this morning to do a second round of dyeing. Â Here are the “Extreme Makeover” shots, with commentary:
I basically like the way this came out. Â The orange-red was too assertive for my tastes, and the black tones it down considerably. Â It looks dark, brooding, and mysterious. Â All except Â for the two light spots left on the front! Â I am thinking I may re-soak the shirt in soda ash, and carefully paint parts of those sections in medium to dark gray. Â Another option might be to add highlights on the dark side by screen printing, but I rather like the visual texture the way it is. Â Adding light colors will focus the eye on the contrast between the screen printing and the dark fabric, and you won’t see the lovely dye-patterning.
The next two were less successful, I think Â because I didn’t add enough dye:
This partially accomplished what I wanted, by toning down the color contrasts. Â However, it hasn’t done anything about balancing the splotches of yellow on the front and the shoulders, and the result is now rather low contrast and meh. Â There is also fire-spotting (bits of red and blue dye) on the shoulder.
I plan to re-dye, scrunching it up and adding some golden yellow, to balance out the yellow patches. Â After that? Â I will probably screen print something on it – something with lots of lines (tufts of grass?), in gold perhaps, to add some more visual texture. Â Right now it feels rather bland.
This just didn’t get enough cerulean blue. Â Into the bath for another overdye. Â This time I think I will scrunch it up before applying a concentrated solution of cerulean blue, to add some more texture.
And, the scrub of the bunch comes last:
Clearly, this doesn’t work as it stands. Â The golden yellow is too assertive (something I should have thought of) and the mix of green, red, mustard, and brown just isn’t attractive. Â I’m thinking of overdyeing in a medium chocolate brown (to tone things down), and if that fails, go to the ultimate dyers’ solution: dye it solid black and screen print on it. Â You can’t win ’em all.
Tonight I am working on mastering the bound buttonhole, but tomorrow morning I’ll sneak out for another round of dyeing. Â Stay tuned!