Thursday, 13 January 2011

Thursday is Dyeing Day (2nd Installment)

These are the three pieces of calico dyed with black  Procion MX (and red and yellow) The one on the right had the strongest dye solution. All were left in a nice warm place for 4 hours. After rinsing, I put them through the washing machine at 60 degrees along with some bath towels. Then ironed them dry.

Any of these would be suitable for what I have in mind - which is a cover for A Christmas Carol.

A few sewing trials are now required!

I have finished weaving the Summer and Winter flower towel and have started on the next one which is odd but nice. I will post a photo when I have done a bit more.


  1. Hi, Pat,
    It looks as if you've gotten closer to black with the darkest piece. With LWI, you'll always have some places that don't receive their full share of dye molecules, so I hope you're satisfied with some grey areas in the cloth. You might do one more test, and double the amount of dye powder yet again (you might need to use warm water and some urea to get it to dissolve properly).
    -- Sandra

  2. Thank you for your advice. As you can see, it worked! Now for the next stage.



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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.