I haven’t been tie-dying much lately, and last time I tried my expected green shirt came out brownish yellow. I was afraid all my dyes had done bad, which apparently happens over time as they are exposed to moisture in the air. This week, I set out to get a sample of every dye I have. Not wanting to actually mix up 50 bottles of dye, I used an old shirt and put small smudges of dry dye on it in a grid.
The grid was set to match a wireframe shelf which I set down over the shirt to help keep each dye within the lines. So far so good. Then I poured soda ash water over the shirt, and things got screwed up a bit. I should have been gentler with the water application or placed another layer of fabric on top. Instead I got some splatter, but most of the color swatches can still be made out.
So it looks like most of the dyes are good. Below are labeled excerpts of each dye. It’s about the same layout as the shirt but rotated 90° clockwise.
A few colors are duplicated, reflecting how the collection has grown by “inheriting” dyes from retired tie-dyers.
I guess I was unlucky last year in using Moss Green, which is about the only bad color in the bunch. Chartreuse also looks a bit brownish.