I love a good experiment and that is exactly where I was headed when trying to mix Rit Dye colors while making a burlap table runner. I had most recently tried washing burlap and had pre-cut a few of the pieces as table runners. Using a mix of Cocoa, Scarlet and Tan dye colors with the same tie dye and pour method used on the stars and stripes table cloth, I concocted a tie-dyed table runner any hippie would be proud to drape themselves in… or shake their dreadlocks at, take your pick.
As Valentine’s Day approaches I choose complimentary red and brown tones. When tie-dying anything, there’s a preconceived notion that there must be incense burning nearby and lava lamps alight, but in truth, there is no such around here. I just really wanted to try out mixing dye colors, kind of like when you mix paint colors. Since I had done some tie dying before, I was familiar, so my learning curve was low on this one.
I know the Rit website has a Color Formula Guide, but I decided to wing it on the color mixing this first time around, making my own formula.
Jar 1 – 1/2 pack Cocoa Brown
Jar 2 – 1/2 pack of Cocoa Brown and 1/3rd pack of Scarlet
Jar 3 – 1/3 pack of Scarlet
Jar 4 – 1/3 pack of Scarlet and 1/3 pack of Tan
Jar 5 – 2/3 pack of Tan
I folded and zip tied the burlap (rubber bands work better) and started pouring the dye one color at a time, starting with the Cocoa. I messed up the first pour, but corrected myself by the second, making sure to hold the bunch of burlap up, so that the spill-off doesn’t get all over the whole piece.
The trial and error method is helping me get the knack for finding what dye method might work best and if it’s even at all worth it to mix dye colors. Burlap is only one medium for using dye, it seems like the ideas and possibilities are endless. I have more packets of dye in waiting and plans to try out more dye color mixing. What I’m trying to say is that I’m just getting started!
More on dying burlap
In the meantime, have a Hippie Valentine’s Day.
Thank you for stopping by ~ Amy