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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2009 10:47:39 AM »

yup.  lesson learned. just because the roving is ugly doesn't mean it wont make nice yarn XD
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2009 11:06:18 AM »

That is true ... it is amazing how much the colors can soften and change as the fibers are drafted and spun ... especially the hand dyed stuff.  The commercially dyed stuff all seems to stay true to the roving color ... that is why I love hand dyed, the element of surprise Smiley.
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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2009 11:33:23 AM »

I'm very new to dyeing.  But, my dark brown roving came out perfectly using a Jacquard Acid Dye.  I colored the rovings with squeeze bottles and steamed them.  I have read that the trick to a good color set is to letting them sit and not rinsing for hours after the steaming is done.  I let mine sit a full 24 hours before rinsing it.  
I also have a book that says to use white coffee filters to check the color of the dye prior to dyeing.  I think that this is a great idea since its hard to tell looking a jar of dark liquid what color it will come out as.  
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« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2009 04:59:50 PM »

oh hey, thats a really good idea... I have tonnes of "unusable" coffee filters (we got a new coffee machine)  I think I'm going to do that next go around.. then I can slowly add dye until I reach the desired color.......
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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2009 04:06:53 PM »

ooh, that IS a good idea. I kept dying tiny bits of wool for ridiculously short times because I was so impatient. ^_^

Belladune, when your roving started to felt, did you comb it or anything to help it to draft easier?
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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2009 04:15:47 PM »

no I just pulled at it.  at that point I had no equipment other then my wheel.I wish I'd have had combs!
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