To Dye For 2010: Initial Planning

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I’ve purchased three remaindered white 100% cotton jersey cardigans from Lands End and have an order to Dharma in my queue for t-shirts and a dress to pair with the cardigan. My dye choices from last year are rather bright and bold: and i realize i’ve yet to experiment with the brown and red dyes to see how they behave.

This weekend i spent some time with Photoshop and some random models from the web to see how my color choices might play out. I’m not entirely sure i would wear the brown-purple cardigan over the green and red shells, but i have an idea of what it might look like now. I also must recognize that if i were to over dye the brown purple with the green, i’d end up with something different from the emerald. I can’t be sure that the colors will simply be an translucent blend as with photoshop: my experiments with acrylic pigments have given me a good sense for how pigments don’t mix the same way the colors of light do.

Then there’s the way the dye takes to different fibers: depending on how the cotton has been treated the color may take with a vibrancy or a more faded tone: last year’s yarn experiments with mercerized cotton crochet thread and cotton yarn show the variations behind the cut.

No matter how “unexciting” one-tone dying is, i think i will make a simple red twin set and green twin set just for practical use. … I note that the low water immersion method i’d use is doesn’t exactly produce “simple,” and perhaps by the time i get to the green i’ll be more ambitious.

Then i’ll get adventurous with the brown purple pairing: this is because i have a variety or purple tops already (some of which are faded and i’ll experiment on as well), and some brown clothing items, so trying for a sophisticated multi dye process with this palette will be a pleasant adventure.

After the cut, the beginning of my 2010 dye plans, to be updated over the next few weeks.

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Dark cardigan over light shell seems to be the right choice.
Multitone cardigan & simple shell.
“Neutral” brown on top and color at base of multi toned cardigan.

To Dye For: Experiment #1
To Dye For: Experiment #2

To Dye in 2010

LANDS END
TDF-01. (3) Women's Regular Rib-knit Button-front Cardigan - 19605-46Q7, White, XL - $14.99 each cotton jersey [a: DWE 1; b ; c ] DHARMA Order placed 2010-04-13
The first three are rinsgspun cotton jersey. [DWE 2 ; ? ; ] TDF-02. Feminine Fit Softee - #FFS, XL - $5.32 Pair with TDF-01a TDF-03. Feminine Fit Softee V-Neck - #FFSVN, L - $6.36 Pair with TDF-01b TDF-04. Fem Fit Softee Tank - #FFST, XL - $4.93 Pair with TDF-01c
TDF-05. [DWE ?] Jersey Princess Dress - #JPDSS, XL - $19.95 Pair with at least one of the TDF-01
TDF-06. [DWE 1] (2) Rayon Short Sleeveless Dress - #BR4, 2XL - $19.50 ea Nightgowns, in complementary dye patterns
TDF-07. [DWE ?] Ladies Tank Tops - #LTTA, L- $5.55 This is a "just in case" item: if the ringspun cotton the softees clashes terribly with the TDF-01, this might not. Otherwise, gift? TDF-08. [DWE ?] Dharma Camisole Extra Long - #DCAMEL, 3X - $6.60 This is a "just in case" item. If i find a top that needs the coverage, I'll have a camisole at hand Already At Hand TDF-09. [DWE 1-2] Tan jeans TDF-10. [DWE 1] Purple cotton cardigan (faded) TDF-11. *Purple longsleeve top with ruffled edge (faded) 100715: can't find TDF-12. [DWE 1] *New purple longsleeve top with tea ring (*head desk*) TDF-13. Pam's yarn TDF-14. [DWE 1] *Christine's green cotton sweater TDF-15. [DWE 1] Misc set #1: hot pad, undies TDF-16. Pink cord slack, size 12, with brown stains TDF-17. White shorts with brown spot* bleached spot out TDF-18. White T with faded Friends School motto TDF-19. Un altered white Men's shirt TDF-20. Aqua strech capri leggings TDF-21. Faded black denim shirt TDF-22. 12 cotton handkerchiefs TDF-23. Old purple 20% cotton sweater Christine TDF-24. Faded black shirt TDF-25. Yuletide cotton yarn * not in the dye box Yarn Hanks Needed (2009 plan)
Mercerized: TDF-Y01. [DWE 1] dk (red|brown), md (red|brown) lt (red|brown) TDF-Y02. dark (red|brown), light (red|brown) (ikat) TDF-Y03. [DWE 2] dark green, week 1 -- this should be a very large hank TDF-Y04. [DWE 1] tri-tone red brown purple TDF-Y05. [DWE 2] tri-tone green brown purple TDF-Y06. quad-tone red, purple, green with brown
Silk (Shoe) Ribbon: [DWE 1, 2] red sample, week 1 & week 2 [DWE 1, 2] brown sample, week 1 & week 2 [DWE 2] green sample [DWE 1, 2] purple sample, week 1 & week 2 blue sample, week 1 & week 2 -- samples as small flower & leaf motifs?

Dye Weekend (DWE) 1: red, brown, purple (recipes here.)

* Loose scrunch and dye
	* TDF-14 - brown
	* TDF-10 - purple
* Manipulation & tray dying experiment with over-dying the three purple clothing 
	items TDF11-12: more manipulation 
* Dye TDF-09 jeans brown, over-dye with purple [over-dye could be left for the 
	next weekend]
* TDF-13 -- checked with Pam: purple, and left overs
* TDF-Y01, TDF-Y04
* red, brown, & purple silk samples
* TDF-06 a & b:
	shibori beans diagonally and two tone dye red-brown & brown red
	corn or potato starch over dye in purple (could be done the next weekend)

Dye Weekend (DWE) 2: week old red, brown, purple; new green

* Over-dye TDF-09 jeans purple, if was left for this weekend
* Over-paint starch on  TDF-06 a & b nightgowns, if left for this weekend
* TDF-Y02, TDF-Y03
* TDF-Y05
* week 2 red, brown, & purple silk samples
* week 1 green silk samples
* TDF-01a & pair: both shell and sweater in a light green dye bath, all over loose scrunched. 
	Overdye TDF01a in dark green dyebath

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