Dyeing to get The colors you want
Matching a color when dyeing can be a daunting task so the purpose of this guide is to help demystify the dyeing process and to help give you more accurate & repeatable results quickly and efficiently than trying to match colors by sight. This guide will help you learn how to dye fiber, yarn, and fabric to match the colors from a digital photograph.
First basic color theory is broken down so that even if you are a novice/beginner dyer you will feel comfortable creating a pleasing color palette. Then the guide explains how to extract color information from a digital picture and how to apply that to dye formulas.
The photographs pictured above show examples of wool that Alanna dyed trying to match the digital colors. Since there is a difference between the way a monitor mixes color (Red, Green, and Blue) versus a printer (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) it is advised that you print the color you are after on a calibrated printer for comparison purposes.
The photograph with the orange wool shows the digital color orange Alanna was trying to match on the bottom right, and the orange dyed wool is sitting on top of a piece of paper printed on a calibrated printer with that same color orange. The colors are extremely close on the first try.
There will be variations from monitor to monitor so printing a color on a calibrated printer will give you a better idea of how close your colors will be. Also, each dye brand is different, so depending on the dye brand used, you might get a different color. Alanna is currently working on writing a book that delves further into this topic and explores depth of shade, different dye brands, and different fibers. For people that purchase this guide, you will receive a special discount when the book is completed. Join Alanna’s newsletter to receive notification when this book will be available.
After receiving payment you will receive .pdf version of the guide. If you would like a hard copy mailed to you, you can request one using the contact form here.
A pixel’s digital color (the square on the bottom right) was printed full bleed on a calibrated printer (the printed color paper background) and the corresponding dyed fiber is resting on top of the paper for color comparison
Dyeing To Get The Colors You Want
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