I’ve been dyeing cotton for about 14 years, and I’m pretty proficient, if not completely accurate. Wool fleece is newer to me, and while I can put to use some of my cotton experience, often I am winging it!
This latest round of acid dyeing surprised me– and left me in a fit of giggles:
Both bumps of clean merino fleece were dyed with a fairly consistent mixture of black and bright green acid dye. Yes, you read right– I got both red and green fleece from a mix of black and green dye powder!!
The first stockpot came out… red! Once I picked my jaw up off the floor, I tried to figure out what happened.
The red dye solution was made from a mixture of Jacquard Black and Bright Green (you can see small brushstrokes of green amidst all that red). I haven’t been thrilled by Jacquard’s acid dye in Black (or brown, for that matter), as I have been finding the colors I mix with it too red. I’m guessing that the black dye powder contains a lot of red dye, and this time, the red got really aggressive and overpowered all the other dye colors!!
I don’t keep notes, so the only thing I can say for certain is that I tried to duplicate my dyeing steps for the second pot of merino. I used the same Jacquard green dye, but substituted Lanaset Black. This time, I got a nice mix of olive and sage greens.
I’m sitting here trying to think up a “ba-dum-bum” sentence to sum up the post, but really? Look at that photo!! That’s enough of a “ba-dum-bum”, don’cha think?!!
See you next time, with more crazy color!