snow play

so was all my snow play successful yesterday????

well…you will have to be the judge.

the first skien took the dye and there are patches of color none of it blended as much as I expected it too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA the fabric absorbed far too much dye in my opinion. and again I had expected for the colors to blend a little. I had used midnight blue, carmine red and yellow thinking if I used the 3 primary colors I could get any color I wanted. so I thought there would be blue then purple where the red mixed with the blue then plain red and purple again. and clearly that didn’t happenOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I also decided to throw a skein under the strainer where the melting snow and dye collected and that skien turned a pretty pinkish purple cherry blossom color.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA this morning I gathered everything and rinsed the fabric a little hoping to lighten it before steaming to set the dye. then I threw it all into a oven roasting bag. you know those disposable cooking bags you use in the oven. I lightly twisted it shut and put it in the microwave for 1 minute. then felt the bag and it was only warm so I hit the 30 second timer 2 more times until it felt hot. (and yes little sister I checked carefully after hearing about your wool experience in the microwave.)  then I left the bag stew for a half hour before taking it out and it is now sitting in soapy water and I will rinse again later then dry.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAok here is the whole mess the way it came out of the steaming bag. it definitely worked although I am disappointed in the light colors on the wool and the way too dark colors on the fabric. but I would certainly try this again. I think the mistake I made was mostly with the colors I bought. somehow I mistakenly thought these colors would mix a little more and move nicely from one shade to another on the yarn. and I didn’t think the fabric would take the dye so dark. so I guess I would  pick lighter shades maybe some teal and green. or maybe if I soaked the wool fiber in vinegar and used food coloring plus snow???

I think I prefer my natural dyes in the garden ; {

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4 Responses to snow play

  1. Samm says:

    A very interesting result! It will be fun to see how it knits up. :) It may be prettier than you are thinking.

  2. Linda M. says:

    I also expected the fabric to come out lighter, but I didn’t know the type of dye you used. I do know that vegetable dyes and Kool-Aid dying, the colors usually come out lighter. All and all, I think though unexpected it is all pretty. You have made me want to try this but with Kool-Aid. I have been itching to try dying for some time….

  3. Linda M. says:

    I tried your technique, and dyed a skein of yarn. But I used kool-aid. I am very pleased with the outcome. I posted a couple of pictures on KP, under ‘Fun experiment with yarn dying’. I used purple (grape) and orange. Now I am trying to decide how I will dye the rest of the wool I have. More of the same for one large project or something different? Decisions, ..decisions..

  4. Pia says:

    Is your fabric cotton and the yarn wool? You can’t normally use the same dye for those two fiber types. Wool needs acid dyes (I soak my yarn in vinegar before sprinkling dye powder on).

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