Matching a color when dyeing can be a daunting task so the purpose of this guide is to help demystify the dyeing process and give you accurate & repeatable results quickly and efficiently. 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. Follow Alanna’s blog here to receive notification when this book is available.
After receiving payment you will receive .pdf version of the guide. If you would like a hard copy mailed to you it will be additional to cover printing and shipping.
Reviews from my etsy shop:
How many times have you looked a am image and thought “That would be beautiful dyed and spun” only to have it come out nothing like the image when you actually dyed the fiber? This is the best 10 dollars you will ever spend to get it right. Even if you you are not a […]
This is amazing and detailed information. I’m so glad I gifted this to myself.
Very clear, detailed instructions. A great tool for any dyer!
Clear instructions and well written book. It’s given me lots of new ideas for dyeing my yarn. Thank you.
This was exactly what I hoped for. I haven’t had a chance to dye using the methodology yet, but this guide explains the process well and I would expect it to be extremely helpful when trying to achieve a color that is elusive when “winging it”. Thanks so much!
If you are interested in learning more about my technique and would like a private lesson or if you have a group of dyers that would be interested in me doing a workshop on the technique please contact me as I would be happy to work something out. I am always happy to answer any questions.