Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Weld extract

The results from using the Weld extract are on the left. The extract was much greener than the flowers. It could be that a little extract goes a long way. I used the extract at 1.5%, 5%, and 10% for light, medium, and dark shades. The green skeins on the far right have been modified with iron. They appear avocado green to the eye. The green doesn't show up so much in the photo but is very predominant in real life. The lightest shade appears chartreuse to the eye. The dye from the Weld flowers was more yellow. Again, it could be due to the concentrated nature of the extracts.
I dyed with Fustic today and I have Quecitron steeping for tomorrow's dye session. I also will post the pictures of the results of my Madder experiment. It didn't turn out as I had hoped but was an interesting learning experience none the less. It will be interesting to see what happens to all these colors when they hit the Indigo dyebath. That will be toward the very end. Much more to come! -Renee


dana said...

Wow, the colors I am seeing on my screen don't look like the screaming yellow I was expecting. Is the picture true? Also, I was told that 3% wof was enough for the strongest color, and that is what I have always used. Did Michele give you different instructions? Maybe your extract is different than mine. Anyway, your experiments continue to fascinate. Thanks so much for what you are doing.

Renee said...

Hi Dana, I could not get the colors right in the picture. They are indeed more intense in real life with a distinctive green cast to the yellow. I did not have any instructions for Weld so the percentages were my own stab at it. I do like my colors intense. I would probably lower the darkest DOS to 5 or 6%. Sometimes I have a difficult time getting enough difference in DOS when using smaller percentages.