An account of the craftwork I get up to, tatting, spinning, knitting, sewing, whatever
Thursday, August 21, 2014
I want to spin another three ply multicolour yarn - pink, green and natural. So I needed to dye the pink and green before spinning. First step was to weigh out 100 g wool.
Why 100 g? Because that's what fills one bobbin of my spinning wheel. I mixed up dye powder with water and vinegar in an icecream tub, using dishwashing liquid to make sure the dye dissolved. Then dunked the wool in.
While it was soaking, I dyed a skein of wool for a pair of mitts.
I drained the water from the pink and then put it in the oven so that the dye would set. Same process for green. So here's how they look now they're dry:
I may have to rethink the process a bit because the dyeing is very uneven. The dye seems to be instantly absorbed, so that some areas have intense colour and some none at all. I don't want to stir and muddle the fibres. Hmmmm.