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« on: November 29, 2006 10:39:32 AM »

I've made my first attempts at dyeing roving with acid dyes in a pot on the stove.  No matter how careful I am, the roving seems to mat slightly.  So, a couple of questions:  First, is there any way to avoid this?  Second, can the dyed roving be re-carded?  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks!  I've learned so much from this forum already.

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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2006 03:27:09 PM »

Hi SisterDana,  Welcome to the felting boards.  Only a few of the regular posters do much dyeing of roving, so you might want to check out the spinning boards for dyeing information- as many of the spinners also do dyeing.  Another resource is the feltmakers list - check the felting resources topic for that addy, do not have it at my fingertips.  Pat Spark has compiled much information in many areas of feltmaking.  Or if you google - look for her name in the returns.  Best wishes on solving the problem.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2006 04:48:55 AM »

Hi Sister Dana,

There's two ways to avoid matting your roving while you dye it. 
1. Make sure that you wrap your roving in the plastic wrap so that it has minimal wiggle room.  The friction that happens when it's in the pot is what's causing it to mat.  It still needs a little bit of room for the water to expand into gas as it boils.
2. Forego stove top dyeing and get a roasting pan.  Rectangular ones work the best.  Snake your wet (but not dripping) roving into the pan, then gently pour half your dye onto it.  Then gently flip your roving over, and pour the rest of the dye onto that side.  Bake in an oven at 350F for about half an hour, or until the water is clear.  Then take it out of the oven, and let it sit (rest) for an hour.  When you do your rinse bath, make sure that the water is hot enough, and then let your roving slide out of the pan with very little agitation.  That will reduce your matting immensely.

Second Q: Yep, you can hand card dyed roving.  It's great for getting depth in your prject, if you card together roving that's been dyed together.

Hope that helps,
Danielle
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2006 05:35:15 PM »

Thanks, you guys, for the responses.  Very helpful, and I think I've got it now -- dyed a bit more this evening, and it came out just fine.  Woo-hoo!

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