On Black Friday, I had some people over for dyeing. It was a little chilly but there was about 9 of us. We had a good time. We focused on commercial dyeing techniques. One is called "dust" dyeing. You take powered dye (in this case Cushing dyes), place it and an equal amount of corn starch in a salt shaker. blend well. To use, in a large chaffing pan over medium heat (to start) add enough water to float your fiber (yarn of roving). you then shake the dye on to the fiber. Not just 1 colors, but 3, 4, 8 different colors and watch them blend. Add a good dash of vinegar and the heat should be hot but not boiling. You don't mix the fiber around, but you make sure all the dye gets in the water, so you end up with a yarn or roving that has wonderful color. It's not spaced dyed, more of a blended colors. The fun part is depending on the color you use, you might muddy the colors, some of the dyes are made of 2 colors that "break" at different temps, so instead of getting a green, you get shades of blues and yellows instead. I need to play more with this method.
|Yarns floating in dyes|