As the Natural Dye Stuffs exploring process is so gripping it is so easy to get drifted away in search for the perfect print.
You set up test after the test, bundle after the bundle, and each time you really get more and more exciting results; sometimes yet faults occur but those serve only to urge forward the maker.
But on some point you wanna get an idea of how much you can actually rely upon your results. How long would last this color, or effect? If a color shift would happen within a time? If yes, what to expect then?
Even if it is a framable art, or a wall piece, you would not appreciate the image varnishing in half a year, not to mention the surprise for the clientele…
Should I mention the wearables? Taking into consideration the amount of work it takes to create a decent piece, it’s kinda undesirable to get the colors bleeding after the wash, or any other discrepancies between your result and the quality standart.
So, no matter how much I enjoy getting a nice natural print, I have been spending quite some time on testing my dyed and printed results for all sorts of treatments.
And one of the first tested objects proved to be worth the time and effort invested in it!
Not long ago I posted some close -up shots of it on my FB page
and quite a few people liked it, which I appreciate a lot!
I did not mention in my post though, that it was a cotton jersey top, an item subject to wearing and washing, and exposing to the direct sunlight!
The prints themselves were awesome!
I was going to run the test first and then consider the results. And, as I’ve mentioned before the test object proved good, so I’ll add a few words to this story to summarize the dyeing process.
The black color resulted from this dyeing session was a sheer surprise that day, as I was chasing
the reds from euca at that time, and this was one of my many trials when I was getting anything but no red!
All sorts of brown and yellow shades. But Black! Really, did not see that coming…
Well , as I learnt later on, from all the world’s huge variety of the euca species
I was lucky enough to have “a non-red” type at my disposal.
So, for this dye bath I used crashed dried euca from the pharmacy. I did not pretreat the fabric with alum.
I added a mighty rusted pipe to the bath, as dear Irit recommended me on the FB group to add some iron.
I assume the rusty pipe affected the dye bath ratio in kinda weird way!
For the prints I rolled the presoaked in water dried euca leaves of some local Crimea euca type, the origin is unknown. The bundles from this session were curing for about a week up to 10 days maybe before opening. And it was over a month before I washed the cotton jersey top in the washing machine with a mild detergent. Not to forget that I ironed it a with steam iron prior to the treatment!
The ready to go item did not lose any color intensity, nor did any color shift occur!
This is all as for the report on testing color.
I believe at present I will follow this way of estimation of my dyeing results,
presenting nice prints and colors, if any, along with the reporting on
their fastness to different sorts of treatments.
P.S. Thanks to you my friend Maggie Drake, now I know first hand that euca does yield different sorts of red and orange shades. It’s all about the euca type you’re dealing with! Thank you, my dear friend! I appreciate it very much!