Friday, February 12, 2010


Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Red Violets

There are four skeins here.  The bottom one is the intense red-violet from my original dye bath.  The top three are my recent attempts at getting brighter red-violets.  The two middle ones are not so similar as they look in the photo but they are close.
Here is the formula for the original (bottom) color:

15% SAB Sun Yellow  
15% SAB Scarlet 
20% WF Acid Magenta   
50% SAB Violet

And here are the formulas for the next three:

Red Violet #1       
15% SAB Sun Yellow
30% SAB Scarlet
30% WF Acid Magenta
25% SAB Violet         

Red Violet #2       
15% SAB Sun Yellow 
45% SAB Scarlet 
25% WF Acid Magenta 
15% SAB Violet
The Brightest Red Violet       
88% SAB Scarlet        
10% WF Acid Magenta        
2% SAB Royal Blue

The last is a beautiful red and I am going to try to use it, but I a going to try to find another one that is closer to the violet.  Looking at the formulas and the colors themselves, it looks like I need to include some of the SAB Violet, perhaps only 5%, and perhaps omit the blue altogether.  Also, perhaps a bit more of the Acid Magenta (which has a definite blue cast). 

Actually simply an 85% Scarlet plus a 15% Violet might get me what I want.
This dyeing, however, will not happen for awhile.  Not until I see if I have more dyeing to do.  If I decide to treadle a structure that requires tabbies, I will have then a lot of dyeing of 120/2 bombyx silk to do.


1. The little whitish pinkish thing on the lower left side of the photo is part of the nylon cord I used to hold the skein in the dye pot.

2. The photo looks strange because I was playing with getting rid of the background and just showing the skein itself.  Not a success but a move forward.

Some Brighter Red-Violet Weft Yarns” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on February 12, 2010. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina.


Margreet said...

Peg, lovely vibrant colours!

Peg in South Carolina said...

thank you, Margreet.