Monday, 23 April 2012

Colourful Days

Colour

Even though it is pouring down with rain outside, and I have been up since quite early this morning I haven’t actually managed to get much achieved.

I have some lovely wool – I think either a merino 64 or some BFL – all labels lost in the mist of time – but a very soft handle - which I dyed last week using Kemtex Sea Green Plus (707), a smattering of Mid Blue Easidye (707) and Lemon Easidye (501) acid dyes. This was kettle-dyed, sprinkling the dye generously half/half with a smaller teaspoon amount of the Mid Blue confined to a small edge.   In the dye-bath I also placed some pre-felt and sock-wool – so I have some colours to play with when doing some felting in the future and may be to experiment on if I weave a length to play with.  I will have to weigh all of this when I have finished preparing it. 

After a week of trying to get it dry – which was eventually achieved I started spinning it yesterday afternoon. 

The problem I had though was with light being as poor as it is, I haven’t been able to catch the accurate colours which make up the roving as the lemon and the sea green blended, creating some lovely limes and forest greens. 

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This though gives you a general idea – but the greens are a lot darker in the first batch. 

So I decided to try to match them to the Pantone Textile colours – after the first five though I gave up. It never occurred to me that there would be so many variations of shades in just one dye-bath.  I then went on to compare some of the other commercially dyed rovings I have at hand – and found they were quite saturated and mono-tone in comparison, with very little differences in the whole roving.  As it should be – if want a consistent colour, but this could explain why I enjoy spinning my hand-dyed wool so much more.  A bit of a voyage of discovery and the finished product so much more interesting as your eye wanders over the different shades trying to settle on identifying one colour to describe it with. 

I am going to call this colourway Water Horse – as we were watching the film yesterday whilst I was spinning it, and I was transfixed by the cinematographic colours of the “loch”.

I do love these deep colours – so will probably dye a larger batch soon – if I am not side-tracked by other lovely ideas…

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