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.
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.
Then–silk hankies and silk noil got the treatment.
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.
Some of my own silk cocoons got a dip in the dye too…
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.