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lovelybicycle @bobbinnsprocket meant to show you the finished dye job. The dense embroidery came out deep olive, and the gauzy main fabric a cooler pastel sage green. Don't know why such a difference in tone and shade, but I love the unexpected result. 3d
  •   bwinegarner Different fibers absorb dye differently. My guess it's the gauze is synthetic fibers, which don't take dye as well. Pretty! 3d
  •   lovelybicycle @bwinegarner It's silk, as is the embroidery. 3d
  •   bobbinnsprocket Oh, that is GORGEOUS! Like @bwinegarner said, the gauze may be of a different fiber content or a synthetic. Dharma Trading sells some cut velvet scarf blanks where the gauzy fabric is rayon and the pile is silk. They'll dye two different shades, but there is also a dye you can buy that will turn the silk one color and the rayon a completely different color! The unexpected surprises are one of my favorite things about dyeing. 3d
  •   lovelybicycle The gauze is 100% silk for sure; the feel and smell are unmistakable, plus the manufacturer describes it as such. The embroidery is a silk-cotton blend. As far as synthetics, this particular dye will not touch them at all. The pocket lining & hidden zip fabric on this dress are poly, and both were left pure white. What surprises me about the greens is not the light vs dark; I pretty much expected that. But it’s such a dramatic difference in cool vs warm tone! The lighter colour leans toward blue, almost like a turquoise, whereas the darker is a yellowy olive. Looking at others' pictures of this dye on cottons, wools, and silks, I can see now it varies between these two hues/shades depending on fabric weight. Anyhow, I love the result and it was very easy to use. Dylan “olive” for anyone interested. 3d
  •   bobbinnsprocket How interesting! I hadn't noticed the turquoise from the picture (looking again...) Fascinating how a blend of silk and cotton will portray the color differently than straight up silk. I'm going to keep an eye out for that brand of dye. I'd be interested in trying it out on different fibers. I've got BINS full that I should be doing something with! 3d
  •   bobbinnsprocket Ah, yes! Now I see it. The areas in the light show the turquoise. Is the embroidery outlined in black, or did it take the dye darker there? 3d

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lovelybicycle silk and wool cycling clothes 3d

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lovelybicycle hell has frozen over 4d

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lovelybicycle lion & lamb 6d

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  •   pspoker I work to protect wetlands! 7d

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lovelybicycle You know how in the early 90s, city women would wear sneakers &socks with their power suits to walk to work, then change into pumps? Have become the cycling version of that! 1w

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lovelybicycle greetings from an unlikely venue @broadwaybicycleschool 2w

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