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tassierocks
« on: November 16, 2008 05:46:03 PM »

I'm VERY new to wool let alone dying wool roving. I spent a whole afternoon making what I thought was going to be awesome color mixtures, but in the end everything turned pink. I put the wool roving in different containers and set them outside for a whole day and then put them inside for another day. After I rinsed they all turned pink except for very light shades of green and yellow. Any tips on getting the dye to absorb? And what kind of results should I expect if I try to dye various shades of pink different colors? HELP!
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2008 07:22:36 AM »

What type of dye were you using?  Did you wet the wool or roving you were dyingbefore putting it in the dye?  With a little more information maybe we can help you solve your dying dilema.
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2008 03:16:35 PM »

Pink and red tend to spread and take over.  The best way to control where your colors go is by handpainting.  With handpainting, colors will spread a little but are much more likely to stay where you want them.

I recommend this site for a great visual tutorial for how to handpaint roving:  http://gfwsheep.com/rov.inst/rov.inst.html
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2008 06:38:28 PM »

I used that tutorial that Nicolassa recomended and it worked wonderfully!  i definitly recomend it!  I used food dyes and vindgar instead of acid dyes.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2008 07:20:34 AM »

tassierocks, I just reread your question, and I didn't see a mention of a setting agent to set the dye?  That might be why everything turned pink.  If you use acid dyes, food coloring, easter egg dyes, or Wilton's icing dyes, you need to use vinegar or citric acid to help the dye set. 

I usually use a "glug" of vinegar per 4 oz., or 1 tsp. citric acid dissolved in water per 4 oz.

It's also possible that just sitting out in the sun, the dye didn't get hot enough to "take".  The temperature of the water/wool/dye needs to be at least about 170 degrees to really absorb well.
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