Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I am not happy with the way the dulled blue turned out. Not that the color isn’t perfectly beautiful. I actually adore it. But for what I am currently weaving, there are two problems:
1. The blue is not nearly dull enough
2. The blue has morphed into a blue-green
So I have changed the formulas.
YELLOW AND RED FOR ORANGE
First, I have drastically revised the orange, which, being the complement of blue, is the toner color. Instead of having it consist of 85% SAB Sun Yellow and 15% SAB Scarlet, I used the following proportions: 60% SAB Sun Yellow and 40% SAB Scarlet. I made this quite radical change because I realized that SAB Scarlet tends to lean towards yellow anyway.
ORANGE AND BLUE PROPORTIONS
Second, I revised the proportion of toner to the blue. Because I wanted more dulling, instead of 90% SAB Royal Blue plus 10% of the toning orange, I am using 85% SAB Royal Blue plus 15% of the toning orange.
This last change makes me a little nervous. Because there is more red in the orange this time, that alone will have a greater dulling effect, since red is a much stronger color than yellow. Should I therefore have kept the proportions of blue to orange the same? I will find out!
When I do intentional dye sampling I keep pretty good records. When I do some kind of gradated dye run, I wind the samples on a piece of card with limited notations and keep the complete records in a Word document.
When I am just sampling colors to see what they look like, I put swatches on large pieces of card with holes punched in to hold the sample swatches. I keep similar colors on the same card and keep the cards in a 3-ring binder.
I also have good written records of the dyeing I do for my weaving projects. But what I have consistently failed to do is to keep the swatches of those yarns I dyed.
I plan to change that beginning now. I am haunted by the possibility that somewhere I have made the right dulled blue for this project but for which I have no record; and so I am re-creating the wheel, so to speak. Probably not true, but……