Black is Back!
Today's news is all about black. Black is one of the most difficult colors to dye but it's a color that I need because I use it a lot. Often you can get a good dark black but the current commercial black dyes don't really gradate to real grays. One of the suppliers used to have a wonderful black but it was discontinued several years ago. After a year of experiments, I was able to mix my own black that would gradate to beautiful light grays. It's a very precise mix of 5 colors and because it's a mix it does dye with some beautiful texture in all of the shades.
Today I want to highlight several different fabrics that are based on my custom black dye.
Fabric of the Week - Blue Morpho
Blue Morpho is another fabric that is made with my custom black dye and it's the fabric of the week this week. It's marked 20% off through Sunday (or until supplies last).
Patricia Caldwell made her Mystical Raven using the Blue Morpho gradient as the background.
Black Shades Packs are back!
Black Shades Packs are made with 8 steps because the darkest black is so black that you really don't get any good light grays in the traditional 5-step pack. The are offered in fat quarter and half yard sets but I can custom dye any size that you need and any number of steps that you need.
Stephanie Wilds made her portrait, The Prophet Bert, using a Black Shades Pack.
Also Available in Black
Also available in Black are these 2 gradients. The Black Gradient starts with the darkest shade on one edge and gradates through 6 lighter shades. The darkest gray in Gray Skies is the middle gray of the Black Gradient. (I hope that makes sense!). You get more of the lightest grays in this gradient.
Jane Sleeva used both the Black and Gray Skies gradients in her Perkins Quilt.
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Besides black, grays are really hard to dye to as you know. They can have a variety of color casts to them. I had some fabric I tried to overdye a gray and they came out a dirty lavender color!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.