Black Tulip – Tiger Club March 2013 Reveal

I enjoy following the rhythm of the seasons with my dyeing, but I also enjoy being a bit unexpected. This picture of a Black Tulip was my inspiration for March’s Tiger Club. Black Tulip For our final month of the overdyed non-white fiber theme, I wanted to do something special. This fiber is 60% Merino, 20% Tibetan Yak, and 20% Silk. My kiddo said it was so soft he couldn’t feel it. 🙂 A bit of sampling, and I easily had beautiful rich shades of purple and blue. Black Tulip - Merino Yak Silk - March 2013 Tiger Club Now my challenge was to create something similar in yarn. I wanted to retain the shine, so I chose Panda (superwash Merino, Bamboo, Nylon). I also wanted to get the feel of an over dye, which gives rich tweedy colors. So I gambled (well, ok, make a big sample!). I used the exact same colors as the fiber, arranged the yarn, and painted myself a flower: Black Tulip - Before Wow. That is PINK! So after setting this layer of dye, I took the skeins and dipped them in a dilute bath of greyish brown….a shade similar to the Merino/Yak/Silk fiber. You can see the before on the left, and the after on the right.  (It’s more purple, really….lousy lighting, and my camera hates purple unless I have the special light on.)Black Tulip - Before and After Ah, much better. And here they are all dried and prettied up: Black Tulip - Panda - March 2013 Tiger Club If you aren’t in Club yet and like what you see, I invite you to join us. There are spots open in fiber and sock clubs until April 15th. Treat yourself for getting those taxes finished? Yeah.

About ThePaintedTiger

I'm an Indie dyer of yarn and fiber. I love all the colors, but especially green and brown.....and purple, and blue.....
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