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mandalinn
« on: August 13, 2007 04:00:13 PM »

I know that you need to keep it bound so it doesn't drift apart, so I do when soaking and then I use the hot pour method and then drained and spun the excess out.  Then it just falls apart into a strangly mess.  It is fuzzy and stringy.  It spins okay, but it just looks messy and not like other superwash that I have purchased dyed. 

Is this just the particular roving (I got it from the Sheep Shed), or am I doing something wrong?  Any hints/tips?

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2007 05:49:17 PM »

When you say that you spun the excess water out, does that mean you're doing it in your washing machine? How about wringing it out by hand? That would be more gentle and might keep the fibers together. You can also chain the roving (like finger crocheting or finger chaining) before you soak or dye it. You probably will end up with white or light patches where the dye can't quite reach, but at least it keeps the fiber together. I do this with bamboo since it tends to separate when soaking, and the end result is really nice, if you want an uneven effect.
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2007 09:18:08 PM »

All superwash roving that I've dyed has been really fragile.  You just have to be as gentle as possible.  Also if your spinning it out in the washer try putting it in a lingerie bag.  That seems to help me anyway Wink


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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2007 07:42:11 AM »

Also, it helps when after you spin it out, just hang the roving up to dry somewhere, and don't handle it while wet.  I've found that that is really important.  Wait until it dries to kind of fluff the roving strip apart.  It makes it a lot more presentable and less like a sad, straggly mess.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2007 10:55:27 PM »

The things that have helped me with superwash have been to 'braid' it before soaking, and to rinse carefully. I do a rinse-soak-rinse** thing, and just wring out the fiber and hang it to dry, or lay it to dry on a wire shelf. As lufah said, leave it to dry before trying to mess with it. Superwash roving can take a little fluff after it's dry, but if you try it while it's still wet, it'll fall apart.

** Rinse, removing it from whatever I've dyed it in (plastic wrap, plastic bag, etc.) supporting it in my hands, and only wringing it out, then soak (adding just enough so that the roving doesn't float apart) for ~1-4 hours, and another rinse to get the final dye residue out. I've ordered roving from places that has turned my hands blue or grey or pink, and I try very hard not to do that when I dye.
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