To Dye For 2010: Back on the wagon

I am clearly wanting to “do it right” this year, compared to last year’s impulsive dive into dying. I’m not sure why, but i’ve put more deliberation into this than…. Well, i’m not sure what, when measuring duration of planning to duration of actual work. Beam time on the Michigan State cyclotron is about the only thing that comes to mind.

I’m calculating how much dye i need. I’m deploying all the blanks into target containers. I’ve documented the techniques i want to try. Am i killing all sense of serendipity, spontaneity? Am i scared of the dye?

Not sure. Tomorrow morning will tell!

…wait…

So i tried making the dyes just at dusk, and i must say, i feel like i am missing dye. I seemed to just barely have 3 tbsp of purple dye, and that’s what i put in the 2c container
for the purple; i only made one red cup and one brown cup. I feel like i must have a unit wrong somewhere, but all the checking i’ve validates the concentration recipe.

Plans — from before the dye limits were observed — after the cut.

Dye Weekend (DWE) 1: red, brown, purple

The plans from the earlier post, updated:

Mixing dyes:

Prepare 1 gal hot water for soda ash
1 gal hot water to 9 tbsp ash
Get 7 cups hot water prepared.
Set out dye containers, dyes, measuring spoons, urea. 
Remember trick of laying down a damp rag to catch dust.
Rag to clean off tbsp for dyes.
Suit up.
Purple: 
	in cup container 2 tbsp urea, 2 tbsp dye
	in 2 cup container 4 tbsp urea, 4 tbsp dye
Red, a 2x dye, repeat twice:
	in cup container 4 tbsp urea, 4 tbsp dye
Brown, a 2x dye, repeat twice:
	in cup container 4 tbsp urea, 4 tbsp dye

Dye plan! (Have phone handy for documentation; timer)

* Loose scrunch and dye ziplock
	* TDF-10 - Purple cotton cardigan (faded) - purple 
	- wet cardi
	- purple: 1c/8tbsp dye 
	- soak 5 min
	- agitate
	- 1c soda
* red TDF-Y01, TDF-03 (new cardi & shirt)
	- shirt has been spiraled & tied
	- pre-wet both
	- cardi in bottom with 1c/8tbsp dye then 1c soda
	- agitate
	- 15 min
	- add shirt and 1c/4tbsp dye; 1c soda 
* red, brown, & purple thread and silk samples (see video)
	- ● red: ½c/4tbsp dye ½c soda
	- ◒ red: ½c/2tbsp dye ½c soda
	- ○ red: ½c/1tbsp dye ½c soda
	- ● brown: ½c/4tbsp dye ½c soda
	- ◒ brown: ½c/2tbsp dye ½c soda
	- ○ brown: ½c/1tbsp dye ½c soda
	- ● purple: ½c/4tbsp dye ½c soda
* Brown & purple per video techniques 
	- soak all items in the soda ash. This means the dye
		begins to fix as soon as it hits.
	- purple mix a 1c/8tbsp dye & decant into squirt bottle
	- brown mix a 1c/8tbsp dye & decant into squirt bottle
	* TDF-12 & 24 shirts - purple squirt
	* TDF-23 purple sweater - purple squirt, brown pour
	* TDF-09 jeans - purple squirt, brown pour
	* TDF-14 green sweater - brown squirt & pour
* TDF-06 a & b:
	- soak all items in the soda ash. This means the dye
		begins to fix as soon as it hits.
	- red mix a 1c/8tbsp dye & decant into squirt bottle
	- brown mix a 1c/8tbsp dye & decant into squirt bottle
	- a) squirt red top, brown bottom, brown slippers
	- b) squirt brown top, red bottom, red slippers

Estimates: I’m going to use 1.5 lbs for sweaters & jeans, 1 lb for shirts and the nightgowns. For each pound, i’m estimating the dark intensity of 8 tbsp (1/2 c) of concentrate.

  1. Purple: 1.5 (TDF-10) + 2 (TDF-11&12) + 1.5 (½ TDF-09&23) + 1 (overdye TDF-06) = 6 lb ⇒ 3 c concentrate
  2. Brown: 1.5 (TDF-14) + 1.5 (½ TDF-09&23) + 1 (TDF-06) = 4 lb ⇒ 2 c concentrate
  3. Red: 2.5 (TDF01&04)+ 1 (TDF-06) = 4 (rounding up) &rArr = 2 c concentrate

Ok, i made only 1 cup of concentrate for each color last year. This seems extreme: i honestly thought i was going to need less dye. I just rummaged for containers so i now have a container volume of 7 cups.

Plan:

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