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September 27, 2012

charcoal grey

Charcoal Cottongauze

I dyed another few yards of harem cloth today using the same recipe as last time:1/2 tablespoon (aka 1-1/2 teaspoons) charcoal grey dye, 1-1/2 galloons of hot water (aka 24 cups), 1-1/2 cups of kosher salt, 1/6 cup soda ash (aka 2 tbl, 2 tsp), then I washed with 1/8 cup synthrapol in my front loader. I want to work with this quantity of fabric and same dye recipes for a little while to create a baseline understanding. I then hope to start mixing up shades with dye combos and different light and darkness of dyes. These greys are quite cool and I would like to work on creating a warmer grey base for felted pieces.

September 24, 2012

safari grey

Safari Grey Gauze
I dyed a 6 ounce piece of cotton gauze aka harem cloth with the dye color safari grey. I used the dharma instructions 1/2 tablespoon dye, 1-1/2 gallons warm water, 1-1/2 cups kosher salt, 1/6 cup (2 tablespoons & 2 teaspoons) soda ash. I soaked the cotton cloth for twenty minutes then added the dissolved soda ash in thirds over the next fifteen minutes. I let the cloth soak in that for another twenty or so then rinsed in cold water until most of the dye was out. Then I washed it in hot in our front loader with the synthrapol textile detergent. The color is a drab warm neutral grey, definitely very safari khaki like though not quite as yellow. I like it and look forward to trying it again and adding more dye to see how it looks in a darker shade.

September 22, 2012

cotton & linen

Bleached Linen
Harem Cloth
Unbleached Scrim

I'm a newbie to the fabric buying world so I don't know the types and weights too well. I've been seeking and experimenting with figuring out which natural fabric weights will work with felting. I'm attracted to cotton and linen more than silk, though I am told silk felts easiest. Photos above are: bleached linen (from Dharma), harem cloth aka cotton gauze (Dharma), unbleached scrim (Satin Moon), cheese cloth (Britex). These are all taken before washing. They do soften and shrink afterward.