Dyeing 101 ~ Controlling Color
Over a year ago, I signed up for an online class with Candy Glendening, of CandiedFabrics.com
Dyeing 101-Controlling Color is a Low Water Immersion Fabric Dyeing Class .
The class is broken down into several sessions of excellent, written and video instruction, followed by a section for Q&A. There is a lot of information in this class. Candy is a great teacher ~ it appears to come naturally for her.
So far, I only managed to complete the “Dyeing Tints” session, but that was last summer. Aren’t they pretty?
Thankfully, once you purchase the class, access to the class does not expire. Now that it is over a year later, I am finally ready to pick up where I left off.
The session I am working on now, the “Brights Triad”, consists of dying a total of 66 five inch swatches, each a different color gradation, all made from combining only 3 primary colors. This process is repeated in the next session, the “Natural Triad”, using a different set of 3 primary colors, for a grand total of 132 swatches.
The swatches will ultimately be attached to a background fabric, forming the “Candiotic Table of Elemental Colors”.
I thought I had all of the dyes recommended for the class, but realized this morning that I don’t have the right red for the “Brights” and I don’t have the right yellow for the “Naturals”. I decided to go ahead and do a 66 step gradation with the colors that I do have. Mine will be different than Candy’s, but I am going to “just do it”.
My altered set of 3 primary dye stocks are mixed and my “dye studio” is all set up, ready to mix the gradations.
I am going to order the missing colors before I dye the second set, but that gives me a good reason to also order a book that I found on the Dharma site today.