I don't know if this would go in this forum or the felting forum but since the 2 questions I have are actually about the dyeing part of a felted process I guess I will post here?
I got this grand idea a little bit ago, I don't think it was over a month ago but who knows with my brain, I mean I am pregnant, and I really want to do it and it won't leave me until I get it out of my head so I should get it done soon, right? I mean if I wait too long then it will leave me and I will have this *guilt* that these (hopefully) awesome creations never came about just because I was lazy... I blather... let's move on...
I don't want to go into specs because I want it to be a surprise and if I don't end up pulling it off then I don't want to get anyone's hopes up. Basically my project involves the Wet Felting a Vessel tute, cutting and needle felting different "vessels" together, and then needle felting designs and _____ into the resulting "vessels" creating _________ _____. I just got my first needle felting kit in the mail today so I have no reason to NOT do it except I need advice. I have a bunch of Sheep Shed white roving that I am planning on using for vessels but I don't want them to be white so 2 things:
1) Should I dye before or after felting? I'm thinking before since when I needle felt the 2 pieces together the unfelted wool I use to needle felt might shrink when I dye it. Am I right?
2) I have a book on dyeing and I've done a little already but only with Kool-aid and Easter Egg dyes and I know these are not colorfast, especially in light, and I really want my FOs to be light-fast. I mean it is just the base and I will be needling designs on it but I still want it to be fast. I do have some acid dyed but I am not comfortable using those with my kids yet. Would RIT dye be colorfast? Is there another dye I should be aware of that is kid-safe and colorfast?