Blue & Green Colour Blending Dyeing Project

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Blue is the worlds most popular colour, and there  are so many shades to choose from.  We love how blending blue and green (for example: midnight, royal blue and forest green) creates a beautiful water colour perfect for the warmer months. 

Make new custom colours by blending a couple dyes together.  Start with white or off white/cream fabric and add the blue and green dye colours together.   You can use other dyeing techniques like ombre or tie dye too; more colours creates more options for creativity.

  • Create hundreds of new dye colours: measure Tintex with a teaspoon or tablespoon (or both) as needed; completely dissolve 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1 or 2 teaspoon(s) or tablespoon(s) of your selected dye(s) in one cup of hot water. Use 1-3 colours and adjust dye amounts as needed. 
  • A small amount of dye (example 1/8 tsp) mixed with 1 cup of water creates pastel colours.
  • Use double usual amount for fabric type/weight to get more colour intensity (example: royal or navy blue)
  • Add midnight blue, charcoal grey or black for coolness (or add yellow or tan beige for warmth).

   

silk veil drying outside   silk veil in wind

Use the hand dyeing method to transform basic white fabric into tropical blue-green; the dye colour guide has more info about blending & mixing new colours.  

Steps for Dyeing Success:

  • Always protect your work area and wear rubber or plastic gloves to prevent staining.
  • Tintex works best with the hottest water the fabric can handle
  • Mix the powder dye with water (until the powder is completely dissolved)
  • Pour the solution into a bowel or use a sink that will not stain (Sarah used a large stainless steel bowl)
  • Dip silk into the solution for 5 minutes (or until the fabric is as dark as you want)
  • Rinse in cold water, dip a portion in green (until the fabric is as dark as you want) 
  • Rinse in cold water until water runs clear
  • Hang silk to dry (Sarah hung the silk veils on a clothes line) 

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