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Eliea
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Proverbs 31:13 "She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands."
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« on: September 22, 2007 10:38:00 AM »

I doubt this is considered a finished project but I'm really pleased and this brings up another issue that I've seen discussed and never an affirmation one way or another.

This was my first hand carding attempt done of dog slicker brushes.
Before:

The nasty Greasy, slightly smelly fluff I started with.

My "carders" lol. Luckily I used to have angoras and these were what I used on them to prevent matts. Smiley So I still haven't spent much on my newest hobby. Smiley

Finished product. It's not perfect but It's use able now!

Is it possible to dye a dark fiber like this? I was thinking it would make an interesting kool-aide purple. Wink
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007 10:42:43 AM »

That is WONDERFUL!  I am getting my first cards soon, so I am excited to try my hand at it.

You can definitely dye it a dark purple- nothing really light though.


My favorite is a combination of either Jacquard Acid Dye in Turquoise or Country Classics in Mountain Aqua  plus Jacquard Acid Dye in Hot Fuchsia.  Makes a fantastic purple.  Jacquard Acid Dyes are VERY concentrated though- start with a tiny bit and move on from there. 

Country Classics in Mountain Aqua needs a LOT more dye but it does give a brighter purple than the Turq Jacquard does.  It tends to be darker and I am into bright purples right now for my peacock feather coat I am designing.  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2007 11:15:24 AM »

Cool! Now to try some kool-aide first, then I want to try the real stuff. Smiley I have some silver embroidery floss and I was thinking that it would be neato to dye this purple then ply it with the silver floss. Smiley
I'll give it a try! Carding is fun! You will like it. This makes me want to buy a set of full sized carding combs. Smiley I think I'll be saving up my money to buy a new set. Smiley

Can't wait to see that coat when you are done. Pm me when you do so I can see it!

Oh on another note I learned to defiantly try carding a fiber before considering it "too short" becasue I was convinced this was short fiber and it's actually long! It's just so kinked up and snarled before brushing you can't tell!
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2007 11:54:33 AM »

Careful with koolaid if you are dying purples- it is very dull and horrible. 

It is one of the few koolaid colors that I did not like at all.

It is almost grayish red, if that makes sense- and not vibrant at all.

Thanks for the carding insights too- that will help a LOT

I will let you all know when I am working on my coat- I drew up the plans this past week.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2007 01:41:45 PM »

Careful with koolaid if you are dying purples- it is very dull and horrible. 

It is one of the few koolaid colors that I did not like at all.

It is almost grayish red, if that makes sense- and not vibrant at all.

Thanks for the carding insights too- that will help a LOT

I will let you all know when I am working on my coat- I drew up the plans this past week.  Cheesy
Good to know. Perhaps I should try a blue? Or green? I have plenty of the stuff so perhaps I should try them all!
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2007 02:01:02 PM »

You might be better off trying raspberry blue lemonade (or whatever the name of that stuff is) and mixing it with one of the bright pink ones like watermelon or possibly strawberry- I know that there is only one pink that I like for bright pinks, but I can not remember which it is. 

I got a much better purple with those.

My favorite purple of all time is to use Jacquard Acid Dye in Hot Fuchsia and mix it with either blue raspberry lemonade or Country Classic Mountain Ash Aqua. 

It is a gorgeous royal purple when overdying crayon blue yarn too!

Makes a fabulous blend. 

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