I’ve been working on getting ranges of color for my embroidery silks. These are wound on Louet cardboard pirns six inches long and about as big around as a pencil. The pink range is what I’ve been using to embroider the peony. These greens will form the leaves – the blues are just to have blues. Eventually, I want to have a rainbow box with all the shades I could possibly need.
The yellow-green range is the most recent. I’m getting better at getting a consistent leveling on the dye.
With the blue, you can see a little bit of unevenness in the medium shades. Some people have told me that the variations add “charm” – I want less charm, more “do what I said.”
I like the fact that the lightest colors appear to be white – until you put them in the wrong range, at which point their color jumps out.
Again, spotty color in the mid-range. I’ve figured out a lot of the trouble (not enough calsolene oil, plus some dye-bath handling issues) but I’ll probably use these up rather than re-dyeing them. Or who knows… they may go to something dark to cover my sins.
You can see the size of the quills here. Each one has 85 yards on it.