Today DS and I decided to carry out an experiment dyeing scraps of a Didymos Double-Faced 50% Linen Agave wrap different colours using Dylon Hand and Machine Dyes. Let the experimenting begin!
We mixed up glasses full of dye in each colour using about a teaspoon of salt and dye powder in each one. We labelled the glasses as we went to make sure we could tell which was which. We added hot water and dissolved it all in.
We then got our wrap scraps, wet them and then stirred them into each glass of dye. The colours that we used were: Sunflower Yellow, Flamingo Pink, Tulip Red, Burlesque Red, Intense Violet, Ocean Blue and Dark Green.
After an hour we took the scraps out. We found that the dye was so strong for the amount of water/fabric that the scraps were very saturated. We decided to do them again, and this time only left them in for 20-30 minutes to see what happened with less dye of the same colour. The only one we didn’t do twice was the Sunflower Yellow because it looked so bad already!
Ok, so as I said we dipped each colour twice so for each colour there’s a darker/more saturated one and a lighter/less saturated one. I’d go with closer to the darker one for what it’d probably turn out like with the correct amount of dye for the fabric weight.
Here are the scraps linen side up (the side that’s originally goldy). Undyed Agave is bottom left. The first two in top row are Burlesque Red, next two are Intense Violet, last two in top row are Flamingo Pink; then there’s one original Agave, next two are Ocean Blue and last two are Tulip Red. Phew!
And here they are cotton side up (the side that’s originally blue) – in the same order as pic above:
And here’s the ones dyed with Dark Green (again two different saturations, with undyed Agave on the right for comparison) – Almost no contrast left showing with this one:
And lastly (because I forgot it in the original pic) here’s the Sunflower Yellow (very well saturated with colour vs. original Agave on the right – linen side up first):
Ocean Blue, Intense Violet and Dark Green all look lovely, but you loose most/all of the contrast between the two sides. Flamingo Pink looks lovely on both sides (but better mixed with Tulip Red!), Tulip Red looks great on the linen side, but a bit muddy on the blue side unless you only use a bit of it. Burlesque Red and Sunflower Yellow would be a really bad idea!
And what colour did my Didymos Agave 2.9m go?
Well I’d cheated and dyed it before the experiment…. After a false start hand-dying with Flamingo Pink which didn’t fix properly and went all horrible and salmony…
…I weighed it at about 350g and yesterday it went in the machine with some salt, 50g of Tulip Red and 50g of Flamingo Pink…
… and it turned out like this:
This is my favourite picture of my beautiful new Plum-Berry Agave – it’s very true to how the colours look and you can get an idea of the shimmer on the pinky side. I love it so much now – I haven’t been this pleased with a dye experiment since my Amazonas Rainbow! Definitely my new favourite shorty!