Colors we had to work with: Madder orange, logwood, coal, avocado, indigo, raspberry. There was also a yellow, a teal and a red purple, but the names elude me at the moment. The dyes were in quart jars down the center of the table with a baster in each one. There were a collection of measuring cups available. We used 100% wool yarn.
- open skein
- add extra butterfly ties to the skein
- soak in 6% citric acid solution
- Lay out a piece of plastic wrap long enough for the skein
- Put on rubber gloves.
- Pull out skein, squeezing out excess citric acid solution
- Lay skein out
- Using basters, transfer dye into the a measuring cup. If we wanted to adjust the color we could add water or we could mix two colors together.
- Pour color on yarn as desired. work color into yarn with your hands. Check underside of yarn to make sure you are getting good coverage.
- Pick another color and repeat the process.
- Where the colors meet, work them together to get a slight blending effect, if desired.
- When done, sop up the excess dye on the plastic wrap with paper towels.
- wrap the yarn tightly in the plastic wrap and put in a gallon ziploc bag.
- once home, place the yarn in a container (one that won't be used for food again). Keep it wrapped in the plastic wrap and the ziploc bag. Place in a microwave, ideally one that won't be used for food again. The dyes we used were non-toxic, but it isn't a good idea to do this in a microwave used for food. Run the microwave for 3 minutes full power, rest 1 minute and then run 3 minutes full power. This depends on the microwave being used. You do not want to melt the plastic wrap. We were using 100% wool yarn, so we didn't have to worry about any other fiber content.
|For skein 1, I used 3 colors: tealy blue, green and a purple that I mixed (my goal was to get a blue purple. While it is bluer than the provided purple it doesn't look purple in the skein). I alternated the colors around the skein in very short chunks.|
|For this skein I simulated kettle dyeing. I filled a large measuring cup with the madder orange and some of the raspberry. I put the skein of yarn in the cup and squished the dye through the yarn. I removed the yarn and then layed it out. I then filled in any light spots with the yellow and splattered the brown on the skein.|
|I didn't have much time for this one, so I did halve of the skein in green and then 1/4" in the blue and 1/4 in the red.|
Am I going to continue? Yes. I decided to go with dyes by Dharma Trading Company since they are in San Rafael, CA, about an hour and a half away. I have most of my supplies. Now all I need is time.
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