Thursday, June 18, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Dye Samples Notebook

This is one of two ways I keep dyeing records.  This one consists of a 3-ring binder.  I make cardboard pages about 4” wide by 11” tall.  I punch 3 holes in the left side to fit into the binder.  Then I punch multiple holes on the right side in which to tie samples.

I write in the dye formulas for each of the samples and include at the top information about the fiber.

Each page is devoted to a different color.  The page open here is a group of reds.

The front half of the binder consists of samples of silk yarns.  The second half consists of samples of wool yarn.  Doubtless there will come a point when I will need to separate these into two ring binders.

This binder is devoted to those fibers dyed with acid dyes.  I use primarily Lanaset dyes but I do occasionally use Washfast Acid dyes.

I have a second binder which is devoted to fibers dyed with Procion MX dyes.  These past few years, that binder has seen little use as my work has primarily been with silk.

I keep the binders in a plastic box in a closed cabinets.  I do not want to expose the dyed yarns to light because I do not want the colors to be affected by light over time.

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Dyeing Records” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on June 18, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Shani Phethean-Hubble said...

thank you so much for posting something like this - very inspirational.

I am struggling with how to keep proper records about my dyeing - it is a discipline I am working on this year, in view of how much knowledge I have lost through faulty memory and passage of time between each workshop/experiment

Best wishes

Peg in South Carolina said...

Shani, I am still struggling with record keeping, but I am working on it. Thank you for commenting.