Monday, September 21, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I am spending a lot of time working with the drafts for this next green crackle project.  But I have not neglected (too badly) the dyeing.  The skeins, having been made and weighed are waiting for the next step.
Next step?  I do not have any Sabraset Navy stock solution. Nor do I have enough 1% stock solution of Sabraset Sun Yellow so I need to make a liter of that as well.
Yellow is a weak color.  That means it takes a lot of it to have an impact on the color. So I always go through yellow dye more quickly than the other dye colors. 
That means I have to make stock solution for SAB Sun Yellow fairly often.  That is not so bad because Sun Yellow has a tendency to form nasty small clumps of gangrenous looking curds if left standing for too long…………..
So the 1% stock solutions of both SAB Sun Yellow and SAB Navy are made. I only made a half liter of the Navy as I will not use much of it and, as I rule, rarely use it.
Now I have enough of the five dye colors to proceed with the next step.
1% dye stock solutions are much too strong to use for dyeing fiber that weighs only 1 gram.  It is very hard to be accurate with the small amounts of stock solution I would be using.  So I need to make 0.1% stock solutions.  And here are the five 0.1% stock solutions, three different blues at the back, two different yellows in the front.
0.1 percent stock solutions
Next step?  Get out the dyeing equipment and soak the skeins!

Making Stock Solutions” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on September 21, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.


Delighted Hands said...

I love a dyeing day! Hope it goes well.

Peg in South Carolina said...

Thank you, Delighted Hands.