Sunday, October 15, 2006
Dyeing on the Prairie
Dyeing was a part of both days at the fiber fest. The first day Jessica (that's her in the tie dye) led us through dying with acid dyes. She is messy and way too much fun. My gosh, she had a bazillion jars of colors. Well, ok maybe 50? It was really hard to figure out what I wanted to do. I had an idea when I got there, but after seeing all those colors it went up in smoke. When it was my turn to pick out colors, I just told her I wanted mine to be like easter eggs on acid. These are the colors I ended up with. And she had the most clever dyeing dishes. Those are plastic chip and dip bowls The skein fits nicely around it and the removable center helps keep things from just slopping around. I also learned that superwash really, really likes the dye. Hardly any in the bottom of the bowl and in fact, a bit difficult to get dye everywhere you wanted it. One of mine is pretty saturated, the other one, I wanted some white to show.
And this, thanks to the lovely Elabeth, is me doing my best to make only a small mess. It was so fun and I was delighted to know that she had sock yarn as well as roving. So I got two skeins to play with. Afterwards we hung them on a drying rack outside the building, and they finished drying in my bathroom. They aren't wound yet. Maybe tomorrow.
The second day was dyeing silk with Kool Aid. This is the weirdest thing I have ever done. We were given a silk hankie as well as some silk roving. It basically went like all other Kool Aid dyeing except that the silk, when wet, sort of looked like a wet cat's tail. Fortunately, before we ever started we got to see that when dry, things changed. What you do is to grasp the fiber in your hands, maybe 6-8 inches apart and tug hard. Sort of like snapping a cracker. And when you do, it opens up into much loveliness. Amazing. What will I do with it when it's all open? Umm probably keep it in a box until I can spin better and someone can show me what to do with it.