Yesterday I played hooky from the Celtic Braid Coat for one more day, and puttered around with dyes instead. Here are the three shirts after round three:
This one came out pretty well. (Click for the larger version.) I had two goals with this round of dyeing: warm up the colors a bit, since I look better in warm colors, and even out the splotches of yellow-green. The resulting shirt isn’t spectacular, but it’s a big improvement on the two previous rounds. I think I will screen print on it to create some crisper patterns – colors TBD.
This one is mildly disappointing:
I wanted to tone down the contrast some, but the black makes it a little too somber – I really liked the bright purples. On sober consideration, I liked it better after the second round. Oh well, c’est la vie! Sadly, there is no “undo” button on dyeing. I am debating whether to wear it “as is” or whether to overdye in dark cerulean blue, then screen print on it in a contrasting color. Both approaches sound good to me. The overdyeing and screen printing would be interesting, and provide a different “look”, so I am inclined to go that route. But you never know – I could change my mind again.
And this transformation is nothing short of magical:
I overdyed it in Bright Orange with a bit of Cerulean Blue mixed in to give a rusty orange/terra cotta color. Behold! Transformation from “butt-ugly” to something I would actually enjoy putting on.
Meanwhile, in the “completely unsubtle” category, we have these to offer:
Hey, who knows what goes on under those fancy-schmancy dyed shirts?
But they go very well with these:
And, just to prove that you can’t win ’em all, here’s the scrub from this round:
This was an attempt at fiery reds and oranges mixed with black. Unfortunately my black tends towards blue at the edges, accounting for the ugly greenish spots and brown areas. I can’t think of a good way to overdye it, so am proceeding directly to the ultimate dyers’ solution: dye them black, and then screen print on top.
Tonight I’m booked with work-related stuff, but tomorrow I plan to get back into the coat. Unless, of course, the dyepots tempt me again…!