I figured since this was my first post, I'd start off by saying thank heavens for this site. It's given me a ton of great info. But I'm in need of your expertise and a little nudge in the right direction as I troubleshoot this project.
Basically, I'm trying to make hand dyed and screen printed shirts that replicate this logo.
So a week ago, in typical newbie fashion, I went to the grocery store, bought some RIT dye, and dyed my first shirt. I gently moved the middle of the fabric between two heated pots of yellow/turquoise dye to get the gradient. The results were EXACTLY what I wanted. (see first image in flickr album). I was pretty thrilled until I found out that RIT is not colorfast. So I decided to try my hand with Procion MX dye.
The problem with the Procion dye is, when I tried to lightly dip the middle of the fabric back and forth between the pot of yellow and turquoise, the turquoise immediately turned the yellow pot into a bright green. The result was a decent gradient, but a bright green top. I tried another shirt where I dip-dyed the yellow first, then the turquoise. But it came out very striated, not at all a smooth gradient. BTW roughly followed this tutorial for both attempts.
One thing I thought to try is to dye the yellow top first, then wrap that up and do the same pot-to-pot method so I get the gradient without compromising the yellow top. But a potential issue is it could create an undesirable, hard line where the wrap ends. Not to mention if I want to do multiple shirts, it'll taint the yellow dye every time.
The other method I was going to try was the one suggested on these forums. Dyeing first, then fixing with soda ash after. I feel like this would definitely give me a better gradient. But I don't know if it'll solve the yellow-green contamination problem.
Or I could do a combination of both... I'm not giving up until I figure this out! Lol. Please don't make me go back to the RIT dye.
So I open it up to you, the experts. Any thoughts on technique or methods I should try? I'm open and appreciate your ideas.
Thanks and sorry for the novel! --J