Sunday, September 30, 2007

Another color exercise

It was such a warm sunny day yesterday that I thought I'd take a bit of time to work on another color exercise. I decided to break out my new digital scale, mix up some dye concentrates, and dye a color wheel. This is the first time I've had the chance to dye fabric since my workshop with Carol Soderlund, so I had to refresh my memory on how to adjust the dye powder and liquid amounts to the weight of the fabric.

Look, here's the scale in action!



I batched everything in the sunshine on the patio...



And by the end of the evening, I had this!



I threw in a bit of perle cotton thread with each piece of fabric, so I actually was able to make this.



I'm working through these color exercises to remind myself of basic color principles... and it's fun and very reinforcing. And it was a lovely way to spend some time on the sunny patio!

7 comments :

  1. Oh, wow, I'm truly in love with those fabrics...the colors are gorgeous. My fabric dying history only includes some old curtains with Rit liquid and waaaaa-ay back in high school the powder Rit dissolved in a huge pot in Home Ec class while making tea towels. Boy do I need to be dragged into this century!

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  2. Wow, that color wheel with the perle cotton looks like candy to me. Yum!

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  3. kristin L10:22 PM

    Looks great! You're so clever to have thrown in the perle cotton too. Now you have lots of goodies to work with.

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  4. How Cool is that?!
    Terrific !

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  5. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!!

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  6. Oh I recognise that scale. I am about to embark on colour work - extending what I learnt on Carol's course last April when I did the class at Nancy Crow's barn. I typed colour exercises into google and your blog popped up. I went to it and immediately felt at home:) Isn't it such fun!! I am hoping to explore blues of all sorts and neutrals this year.

    Sue

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