October 1, 2011
Shades of gray-2
Here are the results of my experiment with dyeing three different grays, looking to dye fabric for the binding of my "Mod Mosaic" quilt. A sample quilt block is at top. From right: Kona medium gray, Kona ash (these 2 are commercial fabrics I could buy), then (using Carol Soderlund's formulas) Earth 102 (too blue), Basic 223 (this could be good), and Bright 212 (too green). It's difficult to get a gray that doesn't lean towards one or another color. I should have also tried a lighter value of Carol's basic black (Earth 566). I think I'll audition these as actual binding strips once I have the quilt quilted, and if I'm not happy, try 566 also.
The next photo is for any dyers who might be reading. I treated all three dyed fabrics exactly the same way, but the Bright 212 separated into green and pink instead of coming out gray. Any thoughts on what I did wrong? (Double click on image to see the problem.)