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!


  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!

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

  3. Anonymous10:22 PM

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

  4. How Cool is that?!
    Terrific !

  5. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!!

  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.