Of course, I had dye left after my last go and couldn't bear to throw it out, especially as some of the sites say you can continue to use it. So I have soaked some more fabric in the salt solution and dyed it. I didn't think there would be enough for the silk I decided to use, so I picked some more berries and boiled them up too. So now I have two lots of silk soaking. I noticed that the pot with the used dye is looking a bit lighter than the newer dyebath. So I will have to wait and see what happens.
|used dye being reused|
|new dye bath|
I had left the silk in the two pots and rinsed them out today. There is a noticeable difference in colour intensity but I like them all.
Not only the used and new dye baths caused different colours but the different types of silk took up the dyes differently. I had some samples of silks and some offcuts from a wedding dress studio that I had been given, so I do not know what all the different silks were exactly, but they are interesting in their variations.
|From the new dyebath, I had twisted some of the pieces of silk to get variation in the dying.|
|You can see two scarves of the same fabric beside each other, the new dyebath is at the front, much darker.|
|The two lots of silk together, quite a bit of variation. The lighter pink on the left is part of the stronger dye bath and is slightly overlapping the same fabric from the lighter dyebath.|