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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Dyeing with plants [very picure heavy] on: October 06, 2008 09:45:50 AM
"Aluminiumdiacetate" usually is referred to as "alum" in English or "Alaun" in German.
http://www.mijnwoordenboek.nl/ is a very usefull on-line dictionary for foreigners like us  Grin
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Onion!!! on: July 08, 2008 09:37:34 AM
Yep, it is the dry skins only. Well, almost-dry-skins will dry further if you leave the bag open. And it is why I needed my mum to collect for me as well. I couldn't make it on my own either (mandatory, one onion a day Angry) You could ask family, friends and neighbours. Enable them with a pretty collecting bag (made by you, of course) to hang in the kitchen.
After half a year I had about a pound of onion skins. I used a little more then half the amount but dyed two pounds with it (I've made a third batch with Gotland handspun yarn but have no picture yet, it turned out a very nice green). So all together that's a sweater's worth of wool and the dye is free!! Whoopeeee.... (actually I think the dye bath still isn't exhausted  Shocked)
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Onion!!! on: July 04, 2008 02:39:30 PM
Hm, I'm sure my mum doesn't use organic onions, but they are not waxed in this country (Netherlands) I think. I use mostly organic fruit and veg myself but never noticed any difference in the skins. But maybe someone else knows....? 
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Onion!!! on: July 04, 2008 08:22:31 AM
Thanks. The colour is even a little more vibrant than the picture shows (as usual).

I don't know where I read this, but I seem to remember that onion skins make a good yellow that can take some washing and sunlight without fading too quickly. I haven't tried it with cotton yet, but next time I'll stuff a cotton ball along with the other "try-out" fibers (silk, soy, alpaca & mohair this time). But I think cellulose fibers need a different mordanting to be really well dyed.

Kool-aid and other acid-dyes aside this was my first natural dying experiment.  Up next (after the third onion batch) is madder, which I'm really looking forward too!

Oh, and my mum gets extra credits for saving up so many onion skins for me  Cheesy
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Onion!!! on: July 04, 2008 03:27:39 AM
I did some dying with onion skins. The colours turned out really well, I think. I used the same dyebath twice and maybe I'll use it another time, if it doesn't start to smell funny (it's five days old  Undecided).
I mordanted the first batch with 15% alum and the second with alum and a pinch of cream of tartar. The greenish colour is Gotland wool, the rest is Friesian milksheep. So far I dyed 600 grams of wool with 300 grams of onion skins.
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Either I just skinned a yak, or... on: June 21, 2008 04:53:40 AM
Wow, that turned out really great.
I bought a Happylock Embellisher when it was at a discount price for the same reason you stated (changing and cleaning) and because bigger projects seem to go on forever if done only with handheld needles. I want to make real wool fake fur as well for collars and cuffs. Gotland locks are going to be real nice for that.
So far I only used the embellisher on a (not finished) blanket of machine-felted sweaters.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fleecey people, I need advice! :) on: June 16, 2008 02:05:32 PM
I don't think any sheep fleece can replace the typical bouncy structure from mohair.
The only sheep breed I can come up that resembles mohairlocks isn't white either. Gotland! Big ringlets, but of a silvery grey. It's the material of Elven cloaks  Grin.
If you ever do get your hands on a raw mohair fleece, check out the scouring instructions on http://www.fiber2yarn.com/selection.htm. Scouring is a little different from sheep's fleece.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: 18th Century Spinning on: June 16, 2008 01:37:24 PM
http://www.1771.org/ev_spin_dye.htm was the first website I got, when I googled "spinning 18th century", but maybe you've already seen this.

I looked at your profile, but it doesn't say which country or area you are from, because that also may be important in reference to spinning cotton, linen or wool or whether cloth wasn't homespun/woven but imported from abroad. I have a book by Patricia Baines (Spinning wheels; spinners and spinning) about the history of the craft of spinning, focused on spinning wheels, maybe you can get it through a library. Hope this helps you along.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: New spinner, and completely uneducated at that... on: June 16, 2008 01:11:48 PM
http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/ and vids on Youtube can be very useful if you are a new spinner (and a lot of other stuff on the Worldwideweb).



Hooray, and welcome to the addiction!

Soon you'll have fiberrelated dreams when you sleep and you'll (involuntarily) eat fiber too and wonder about the spinnability of any fluffy or fiberlike material  Wink

10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Long Draw Spinning on: April 30, 2008 07:22:37 AM
I haven't even tried yet, I get so scared......

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