Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Undyeing, Part 2

I got the cotton/linen fabric all washed out, dried and ironed.  I'm rather mind-boggled by the final result:


It's blue and white, for pity's sake!  The blue is definitely paler than it was before, and all traces of yellow or green are gone.  I decided that this is for clothing, I'm calling it good and cutting it out.

Since I had the thiox pot going, I threw in a couple of silk scarves I'd dyed before and didn't like.  Here's what they looked like when I dyed them last fall--


Ugly!!  I overdyed the yellow/orange one in red, and it was still ugly. So I threw them in the thiox pot, and left them in for about half an hour.  The one on the right turned out very nice, I'm keeping this one.


The patterning is really subtle, but I like it.  The blue/purple one is still rather ugly--


Honestly, I'm not sure if anything can salvage this one.  Just for the heck of it, I think I'll do some soy wax batik, then overdye it in very dark blue.  I'd do black, but I know you can't get black with MX dyes on silk.  What the heck, I'm only out a couple of bucks if it ends up in the trash!

6 comments:

schaferrw said...

Thanks for showing things you aren't happy with ..and your ways of tring to change them it is so helpful..Eldrid ..AQuA

Quilt or Dye said...

You could always make a giraffe out of the fabric!

Rian said...

I like it a bunch. That would make some good sky in my quilts...

Lois Jarvis said...

You sould over dye the blue piece with rust. yummmm...my favorite color combination rust and blue!!!

Patty Ashworth said...

what was wrong with the purple and blue? Those are my favorite colors and looked wonderful to me! I find dying alot like magic. You get something different, but not always what you had wanted.

Beverly said...

Normally I like that color combination also- but on this scarf, the colors were dull and had an underlying yellow tone. If the colors had looked like the blue and purple I got on the Radiance, I wouldn't have touched it.

You're right, dyeing is part science and part magic, and I never tire of it.