We have been working hard at getting our studios ready to dye. Just think of 12 studios, all over the US, ready to do some serious dyeing. A few pics:
So we have been winding skeins, making stock solutions and testing our sample dyeing set ups such as many jars in a turkey roaster.
We are working with two dye sets, Lanaset and Cibacron F and are dyeing wool, silk, cotton and tencel. No dyed samples yet but stay tuned.
What I'm finding very useful about the preliminary work we're doing (writing out dyeing procedures, talking about equipment, going over formulas, etc.) is the sorting out of science (no wiggle room), best practice (wiggle room to make life a little easier), superstitious habits ("well, it's always worked for me since I started doing X").
The prelims are similar to a weaver sampling before starting a big project. Some of our samples involves looking at water sources, and testing whether our thread or yarn really does need to be scoured.
So we have begun to dye! To test out out our processing we have dyed the same three color mix several times. If we are good the colors will all be the same. Larry has posted this pic of 3 samples at DOS 1%
Not bad! At least what we can see in the photo. This is tencel dyed with Cibacron F. And here is one yarn chip on the Munsell color chart.
I asked our group to try to determine the value of some yarns after they had completed the value part of the first chart in the Munsell Student Kit. Constance made some yarn color chips from stash yarn and posted this pic:
Actually she posted 3 pics like this with the green chip beside 6/, 7/ and 8/ and she decided that 7/ was the best match. Very clever use of modern technology, eh?
Definitely clever. I shall have to remember this--I have a great deal of trouble figuring out value, except for the most obvious instances.