First, I put two sections of BFL (2 oz. each) to soak in warm water with a bit of Synthropol.
Then I set about mixing the colors: 2 shades of green, a golden tan (well, that was what I was aiming for), and a deep brown-black.
The soaked fiber is laid out on top of plastic wrap, ready to be painted, using the dye colors and stencil brushes.
The first 2 oz section painted. It doesn't have enough light and unpainted areas, so plan to leave more "natural" in the second section. The "golden tan" I had planned is much darker than imagined but... I like it!
The painted section is wrapped and rolled up in the plastic wrap, ready to go to the steamer--after I finish painting the second section. The brown-black (which I actually mixed using purple) isn't QUITE what I had planned in my head, but it's all right.
Second section painted--better, but will probably wish that I had left even more natural, and done more with lighter tones. We'll see what happens in the steamer.
And, because I like a couple of the colors and want to have some record of what the formulas produced (and because I have some dye left over), I use some small bits of Romney to do some samples.
They all go into the steamer, their own personal sauna.
When they come out and cool, I unwrap them. The aqua I used to mix one of the greens has not absorbed--though every other color has absorbed completely. The blue-green has migrated into the other green more than I would have liked, but for a first try I'm fairly happy with it. (And the brown/purple/black is absolutely PERFECT!) Next time I would mix more yellow with the first green, so there is more contrast between the two greens.
Now they wait to dry. I could hardly wait to unwrap them--how will I wait until they dry to spin them???