Thanks to a Facebook friend, I have found some great grey dyes – Dharma Trading in the US have bought out a range of Hot Water Reactive Dyes and I now have a lovely range of real greys – not slate blues or greens ….
They do have a downside – they need more manipulation than Procion MX to stop blotching which means it is not possible to get the same level of texture I usually want. On the left is the blotchy effect and I has soaked the fabric in soda ash before dyeing – and on the right is the texture I get with Procoin MX.
I also bought some ebony black so I added a full tsp and a quarter tsp of ebony to the grey to get darker colours.
Although the image on the left looks like dark blue, it is actually grey -something to do with my ability to take photos on my phone!!
If anyone knows more about these dyes, I would love to hear from you.