Dyeing Class

1 Apr

On Saturday I took a class in yarn dyeing! It was so much fun, the most fun I’ve had in a long time, and I came out of it with beautiful yarn (and crappy garage pictures)!

First we did some test dyeing on little skeins of Pastaza, 220, Mind’s Eye’s sock yarn and silk hankies:

This was the test skein for my big guy. I learned important things, like the need to wash hands in between handling the blue dye and the yellow dye if you don't want to leave handprints all over everything.

Apparently I got a little carried away with the blues and purples...>.>

As much as I love blue and orange together, I am not a fan of the gross muddy brown in between the two. Ah well.

The silk hankie was really fun!! I just splotched all over it with oranges and yellow, but then it all blended together, plus someone didn't wrap their blues enough and it bled onto it. Still super pretty though!!

This is my big guy! He's a 250 gram skein of Berkshire from Valley Yarns (i.e. Webs) and he's a rainbow!! He ended up a little tangled, but I think he's fine.

This is his other, very poorly lit side. It's beautiful, but I guess you'll just have to trust me until he's done drying and gets properly hanked up again.

I’d really like to get into dyeing more long-term, but the chemicals are just So. Toxic. and we have things like cats who don’t understand “You need to put on a breathing mask if you want to be in the kitchen”. So I think for now it’s going to be a one-time occurrence, but I’ll definitely keep an eye out for ways/times to do this in the future 🙂

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One Response to “Dyeing Class”

  1. Ria April 2, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    When I’ve dyed things in the past, I’ve managed to get away with using nothing but Kool Aid or cake dyes, to keep things as non-toxic as possible. Of course, I’ve only ever dyed animal fibres, and plant or synthetic stuff is a whole different animal! But if you’re just dyeing wool, angora, cashmere, that sort of things, using Kool Aid powder or cake dyes will work just as well (plus the Kool Aid makes the place smell nice and fruity!)

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