Aug 5, 2016

Browning

 
Linen.  All started with Rit's Dark Brown (too reddish for me) and each took the color differently even though they were very similar to start.  After drying, I put the solution in a spray bottle, added a little more of the brown (and also a drop of yellow and orange) and sprayed the linen to create an almost invisible mottling.
 
I'm using pieces that I did not like for one reason or another but if any result in a great brown, I'll stitch with it.  I usually save the dye solution but didn't this time. I already have several jars in the basement.
 
The darkest piece I have right now is the Birds of a Feather Sparrow and I may end up using it for Nan's sampler.



Hours later...
here's what each piece looks like after the process.
    


Not as dark as the Sparrow, but plenty dark enough.
 
 This is a piece of unbleached linen which is what I usually grab for a sampler, and you can see the difference.  I may get another spray bottle with a touch of yellow to brighten the two outside pieces.   The Sparrow is really nice, REALLY dark, and I'm still not sure which I will use, but leaning toward the center piece.

Sparrow is a happy brown.  I want a crabass brown.  Can you imagine the color names if I sold hand dyed linen?

 Crabass Brown.  Bite me Blue.  Miserable Mauve.  Cranky Coral.  Whiny wine.  Grouchy Green.  Nasty Red.  Irascible Iris.  Peeved Pink.  MenoMelon.  Bitch Ball Gray.  For now, Crabass Brown sounds just perfect.
 
Enjoy your day - thanks for visiting.
 
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24 comments:

C Reeder PhxAz said...

You crack me up with those names !!! I'd join a mailing list for them in a heartbeat as they would fit in my Arizona monsoon madness right now.

Sandy In Montana said...

You forgot "Hot Flash Fuchsia". Your browns are lovely, very primitive.

Truus said...

Do love the way you treat your linen with color spray.
Never did this but will try this also.
Have fun with your stitches
Greetings Truus from Holland

Marilyn said...

Great fabrics.
Love the names of your fabric line. :)
Marilyn

Jeannine520 said...

LOL, the timing of your post is uncanny because a couple of hours ago I was laying threads over linen for my next start and I told my husband if I got to name these threads they'd be dysentery, jaundice and gangrene (obviously a prim chart)! Must be something in the air, huh?

Three Sheep Studio said...

You are too funny !
Maybe this could be the start of a new business !
Rose

Vickie said...

Such fun around here today! ;)

Maggee said...

I'm with Vickie--you are quite the entertainer! LOVE the names, with Irascible Iris really catching my eye! That brown fabric is really pretty... and gorgeous mottling in it! You certainly have skills! Hugs!

Nancy D. said...

You. Are. Hilarious. And I think you should sell your own hand dyed linen! Yes, I do!

Robin in Virginia said...

Your linens that you dyed look good, Marly. I look forward to seeing which one you go with. You had me chuckling over your color names. Have a wonderful weekend!

Barbara said...

I really like the Bitch Ball Gray....you do have a way with words.

Dixie said...

Thanks for the laugh. I choose Bit Me Blue.

Maureen said...

I think you should get a job naming paint with Sherwin Williams. It wouldn't make choosing paint colors easier but it would be a lot more fun!

Paula said...

You know, people would love to buy those linens just for the names alone!! LOL Beautiful dying btw.

debbie haggard said...

'Bitch Ball Gray' ..... i love it. you totally crack me up... and i love it!

capecodgirl565 said...

I would definitely buy the Bitch Balls Gray.

moosecraft said...

I like it! You really should think about selling linen in those colors... I know I'd buy some Crabass brown! :-)

deb said...

You are always so adventurous with your linen! It's so interesting to see how different pieces take the dye differently...

I *adore* your linen color names!!

C. M. Designs said...

You may have something going for you. My daughter buys her nail polish and lip stick for the name.
Have a great weekend.
Charlotte in Va.

Primitive Stars said...

Lol, your such a hoot!!!! I like Bitch balls grey myself.... Loving the linen colors, neat!!! Blessings Francine.

Winnie Nielsen said...

Wow, what a cool technique you have for making the linen look so old and interesting! I love what you came up with and now I want to see what you will stitch on it. Dying and selling handcrafted linen might be quite a profitable endeavor. I bet others would like to have the option to purchase a ready made piece rather than experimenting and not liking what they came up with and ruining the cloth.

Crabass brown@# LOL!!!!!! What a hoot!

Kelly said...

Bite Me Blue cracked me up! Love all of your color names! Too funny!

Joanie said...

Thank you very much for making me snort iced tea...you just make me laugh!!
I love your linen experiment..too wicked cool!

From one crabass to another....have a great weekend!

Karen said...

Too funny! Crabass Green would be my choice! Arthritis makes me that way. I adore the brown! Lovely color and could see that with a vile green thread for something halloween.

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