I am lucky that in Austin we have a wonderful re-upholstery shop that give 6 week classes on re-upholstery! - Check them out at Austin Upholstery Studio. I did a class with them before to remake a wingback chair with amazing results.
So... For this piece I enrolled again in the class and am two sessions in, check out the progress so far:
I want to go with new, different and VERY cutting edge modern to go against my old standby "traditional antique" look. What I want to do is an oatmeal linen (I know, I know, that isn't really cutting edge!). But I want to do a Dip Dye ombre effect on it. I want to have a dark charcoal grey that fades back into the natural linen color. Unfortunately, grey seems to be the "unicorn" of dying. I procured my linen fabric (I got it at JoAnn for 50% off!), but in trying to get the color I want from the limited dye selection at JoAnn just isn't working.
I have played with Dip Dye for other colors as testing for *another upcoming project* and have had great success starting with a dye solution of almost entirely water for the initial fade from the fabric base color, then pulling the fabric up and adding additional dye each time. Unfortunately the black dye's I've tried seem to be so heavily based in other colors that watering the mix doesn't work very well.
- Rit liquid (which I normally love and am a big fan of) black came out a beautiful deep eggplant purple... but not grey
- Dylon Black powder came out more dark teal
- Rit Pearl Grey is somewhat blueish (but best I have tried so far)
- And a combination of equal parts Rit Powder black and Royal Blue (as shown by Steinlaufandstoller.com. Their recommended mix probably works great for charcoal grey at the right water consistency, but not for the ultra watered down version I needed) came out blue
So being stubborn, I found a site that specializes in dye's called DharmaTrading and ordered what should *fingers crossed* work perfectly! I will keep you updated as soon as that gets in!
To Be Continued...