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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wool Roving

I've been dyeing wool roving - sort of a bus man's holiday! These are the last five batches. I hang them in my kitchen window to dry. It adds a nice spot of color!

I've dyed wool with Kool Aid. Fun to do with kids, no toxic stuff to worry about, but a little on the expensive side if you want to dye any volume. I switched to MX dyes with vinegar as my acid after a few times playing around with Kool Aid. At first, I used the left-over dye from a fabric dyeing session, now I have to mix dyes just for wool!

There is an color shift when dyeing wool, so the results are less predictable than with cotton. This adds an element of surprise that I anticipate and appreciate. Back to the dyepot - I'm in a green and blue phase right now.


Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

These are looking good --- especially the teals!

k baxter packwood said...

I love your colors, these are really hot right now!

Lisa Walton said...

Would you like to give some instructions on dyeing the rovings. I would love to give it a try but am worried about the tangling.