Unnatural dyeing

I have been preparing for a spinning workshop at the Guild, and the time came to dye materials for the class.  I weighed and measured my merino braids and soaked them overnight.

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I used a cold pad batch dye made in my state for this process, so I mixed up dye the night before and then put damp braids into plastic bags ready to be dyed… and poured on the colours.

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Then–silk hankies and silk noil got the treatment.

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My many bags of fibre and dye went into the sun for a 44C day or two before being rinsed.  My stash of plastic bags unsuitable for other re-uses (and ditto for rubber bands and all kinds of saved-up stuff)–came into handy at last, along with virtually every bucket I possess!  The silk hankies and noil came out rather pastel shades, which was a real surprise.

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Some of my own silk cocoons got a dip in the dye too…

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And the braids came out wonderfully well.  Certainly more than enough fibre here for my workshop participants to be able to revel in playing with colour, texture and technique.

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8 responses to “Unnatural dyeing

  1. Susan

    WOW. Those braids are stellar but like you I am surprised at the pastel shades since silk usually Really sucks up the dye brilliantly. Another mystery!

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    • Well, it’s a mystery to me. I could hear one of the people in the workshop saying she had the same experience with caps from our Guild and she thought they must have a coating of some kind. Could be…!

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  2. The braids not only looked stellar but spun up beautifully-one advantage of a cold process is the lack of felting-they felt very much like spinning undyed merino. Great workshop!

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    • Thanks so much, Susan! I know it’s possible to achieve lovely outcomes with acid dyes but I don’t think I could do it–or enjoy it. I am so glad you had a good workshop! Thanks for these lovely compliments…

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  3. Those braids are gorgeous!

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  4. You got aome teally stunning colors on the braids! Think the pink, orange and yellow is my favorite blend even though its colors i dont ever wear.

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