Everyone insists that you should write down your process and list what recipes you used, so you can duplicate your results, but I'm not really ready for that, I will start doing it when I really think I want to duplicate something. However, I do want to at least remember generally what I did, and the blog is the easiest place to write it and not lose it!
- 3 YDS. The first batch was magenta - very solid with little mottling - I used 1 cup of water to wet then added 1 cup of soda ash after 15 mins. They cooked overnight (I think) .
- 6 YDS. The second batch had a lot of mottling - they were soaked in soda ash solution first, dye solutions were also mixed in the box, just sloshed around, so they probably contributed to the multi-tone look.
- 3 YDS. The third batch I went back to plain water first, soda second. The yellow was solid Golden Yellow concentrate. Still very slightly mottled. The bright oranges were well-mixed yellow + fuscia. As I was warned, it takes VERY LITTLE red (fuscia) to overcome yellow. The first try was two tablespoons, it went very orange. The second try was a teaspoon, still very orange.
- 3 YDS. The next three colors were experiments in using up the dye remaining in the box. Reusing the yellow solution gave a pale yellow (okay that makes sense) but I wanted to make it more subtle so I added a teeny tiny bit of black (teaspoon maybe?). It is my least favorite, because it just looks dirty. The other two were attempts at gray. I used test strips of fabric to see what I was mixing -it's almost impossible to tell just looking at the liquid. The second one started to go to brown and I didn't like it, so I added more blue, which resulted in a gray-green which came out a nice sage-y color when done. I like it ! The third was a lot of just throwing drips of dye into the box until it looked interesting - it came out a very nice gray-mauve. I LOVE DOING THIS.
One lesson learned - I read that concentrates don't keep long, and can go bad in a week, so I expected weak colors. Not so.They were VERY bright after 8 days. I thought I mixed a small amount for only a few yards, but I've done 12 and there's still enough for 12 more, I'd guess, if I made lighter colors. We will see if it lasts two weeks. It's cool in the basement, but I have not refrigerated them.