Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Well, rats...

So, a little while ago, I dyed some tencel using a new (to me) two color gradation dying technique described on the Prochemical webpage. I even posted this picture:



Well, I wove what was intended to be another ruffly/differential shrinkage scarf with the warm toned tencel, washed it, and look what happened...


Gah! Yuck! Blech! What happened to all that gorgeous color?? LOL. (Good thing I have a sense of humor about these things...)

I've dyed tencel before and had the colors stay just gorgeously, not all come out in the wash. I think it was probably the process outlined by ProChem... Normally I use urea water instead of tap water with salt in it to form the basis of the dye bath (as they describe in their Low Water Immersion dying process), so perhaps that was the problem. So, I've dyed another batch in the same colorway, using a hybrid technique to do the gradated dying, but with the urea water. Hope that does the trick! I'll keep you posted.

On other fronts, I actually managed to get a wrap listed in my Etsy shop today - my first new listing, apart from commissions, in forever. Truly lame. And this poor wrap has been waiting to be listed for weeks...




I'll be listing more this week, so stay tuned!

8 comments:

Marie said...

I love the subtle colors of your new wrap. It's gorgeous!

I can't offer any advice about dyeing. So, I'll just wish you good luck!

inlerah said...

That's too bad about the dye not taking; I hope the next experiment works better.

Love the wrap, it's beautiful.

island sweet said...

exquisitely elegant!

blackmustard said...

That wrap is breath-taking! Sorry about your dyeing mishap but like you said, at least you can laugh about it. But really, that is such a beautiful wrap!

Leigh said...

I'm very interested in your dyeing as I've just started experimenting with the procion mx dyes myself. Mostly I've used acid dyes on wool, so I am excited at the prospect of dyeing cotton. I'm not sure what to think of Pro Chem's advice now however. I'll be very interested in how the 2nd batch turns out.

And the shawl is lovely!

skiingweaver said...

Hi Leigh! That's the first time that ProChem's instructions failed me... And I'm thinking maybe the technique with the salt wasn't meant for Tencel (?) but would probably work just fine on cotton. My second warp, the one that I dyed using a urea water bath, is on my little loom as we speak, I'll definitely keep you posted on how it turns out!

Miss B said...

what beautiful work! sorry about the mishap, but you've got to break an egg if you want to make an omlette...

Charleen said...

The wrap is gorgeous! The scarfs are lovely too. Sorry about the dyeing problem. It seems like it would be more likely a problem with the soda ash if the dye washed out. You could try again with the finished scarf.