I did some dyeing this weekend.
I had watermelon on my mind ... Quintessential Summer colors.
Doesn't this say watermelon to you?
I used my Candied Fabrics periodic table of colors to choose just the right watermelon red and green for this project. I mixed up all the primary dye stocks again, so I'd have a supply to play this summer when I can retreat to the cool basement on hot days.
Rough sketch of my dye plan. I may still add some buttons to play the beads, but then
-- most watermelons these days are seedless.
6-4-0 Forest Green from the Earth Triad set.
Unfortunately, the 7-0-3 Sky triad watermelon red didn't come out as planned. I tested it on the paper before committing to the fabric. Could be my dyes are a couple of years old again. Could be I had lemon yellow from ProChem and not Dharma (Both their lemon yellows are quite different.) As I was mixing the proposed watermelon red, it was coming out more like blood -- I added more boysenberry, and it only made it rustier. Hmmmh -- Back to square one with color choices.
I wound up picking a straight Fuschia -- which has tamed itself (thankfully!) since it was new. Usually fuschia is way too much for me--over the top and I avoid it.
I didn't actually use all that much dye, either. Rayon is kinder than cotton that way. Painted on with a foam brush applicator.
I used this basic technique from Dharma Trading Company on their oh-so-comfortable summer Swing Dress.