Friday, August 23, 2013

Dyeing Silk in Dark and Light Values

I got bored sewing the backing to my latest tapestry so I decided to do a bit of dyeing.  I need some tapestry yarn for a group tapestry project that is coming up.  The yarn must be very dark values or very light values so I pulled out my procion "black" and yellow dyes and went to work.  At the far right there is a skein of the undyed silk.  It doesn't show up much next to the unsaturated lemon yellow.

 It is always interesting to see what colors come out when dyeing silk since silk talks with dye in quite a different way than cotton or wool.  I used all four black procion dyes from Dharma; each yielding a slightly different result.   I always enjoy how the blacks come out pushing violet, green or blue. For the yellows I used a lemon yellow and a golden yellow plus two golds I am thinking of using for a different project.  I also did four saturation levels for the lemon yellow since it's one of my favorite colors.

These are the darkest and the lightest that I could get with the natural colored silk I started out with.  I am a bit surprised at how similar in value the various yellows and golds are.

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