July 21, 2010

Nature 's colours: violet and plum


Joen Wolfrom already wrote about it in her book
"Color Play": "Nature is a wonderful color reference for creating quilt designs".

An extra dimension is added by the magic of dyeing your own fabrics as I discovered during the last weeks.

These are both flowers from the one and only Hydrangea in our garden. The Procion dye gradations are on scoured Kona bleached white cotton PFD:

Violet on half Fat Quarters,
made with Jacquard's Violet 231:
From Dyed Fabrics

Plum on Fat Quarters:
From Dyed Fabrics

I found the recipe for the colour Plum in the Mixing Chart at Jacquard's website.
Although the recipe describes a mixture of Jacquard's 040 Fuchsia and 072 Medium Blue, it might not be a problem if you use dyes from another supplier.
Paula Burch's Procion MX dye chart is a reference quide in finding the same colour from another supplier.

It all comes down to the MX code of the pure fiber reactive Procion dye: Jacquard's 040 Fuchsia, Dharma's #13 fuchsia red, Prochem's #308 fuchsia, STV's (Stof Tot Verven) Rose Toermalijn etc. are all names for the same Red MX-8B. And Jacquard's 072 Medium Blue, Dharma's #26 sky blue, etc. are all names for the same Blue MX-R. If the MX code is missing at your dye supplier's list, you can ask your supplier for it or experiment and have fun with another, look-a-like colour.

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5 comments:

  1. kfstitcherJuly 21, 2010

    Oh my goodness! BEAUTIFUL!!!! Karen

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  2. WOW!! You really nailed those colors! Both the flowers and the fabrics are absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. I can almost smell those flowers! The color made me remember my little bedroom probably fifty years ago when that was my favorite color. Nice memory!

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  4. Your colours are just so accurate, beautiful.

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  5. Lovely colors and great information!

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