Gradient dyeing

Mel tried to wait for me to wake up so we could dye together but given that we live 5 time zones apart, one could hardly blame her for starting without me. She talked me through her process on Facebook messenger.

She used gradients of blue, so I decided to do the same. After soaking my yarn in warm water and vinegar, I mixed 1/2 tsp violet and 1/2 tsp blue sky in 1/2 c boiling water.

Then I added the diluted dye to 6 cups of boiling water.

I dunked 1/3 of my hank into the solution, pulled it out and then dunked 2/3 of the hank. I pulled it out and dunked the whole thing into the water and simmered it until the water was clear. This happed pretty quickly, about 20 minutes.

This is the finished product.

My yarn didn’t show the variation in color that Mel’s did but after debriefing, we realized that she used 3 times the amount of yarn than I used so each of her dunks absorbed a lot more dye than mine.

Creativity springs from the yearning to be the fullness of who you are. Ram Dass

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