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« on: August 22, 2010 12:50:17 PM »

I have spent too much time this weekend wondering how people like Madelinetosh and The Plucky Knitter get their yarn to look the way it does... I've had some experience dyeing yarn/wool, but these two dyers are just really unique to me. First I thought they kettle dye with at least two very similar colors (like green and green with a touch of brown), but then some of the yarns look like they just sparkle (if that makes sense... it's all 100% natural fibers, no actual sparkling).

For examples take a look here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chavala/3369591732/ part of me wants to think it's dyed with 2 similar colors, hung up to dry, then brushed on with some other colors.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheepishone/3672857131/ This is more solid, but it's so not solid, if you see what I mean.

What do you all think?

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2011 07:59:56 PM »

I just came across this topic, and I have a reasoning for the second one being almost verigated:  The blend of fibers would all take the dye differently, give you different shades and tones.
And as for the first one I *think* it might have been painted, the way you would paint roving.  And that's done by skeining it and pouring the dye over certain areas then pouring the other dye over the other areas.
Hope this is still relevant!
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011 11:03:59 AM »

I would imagine that they're both painted. Either than or they dyed different strands for different lengths of time or dip dyed.

If you're going to paint your yarn I wouldn't recommend pouring it just because that's a waste of dye. Take a soft foam brush and dip it in your dye and paint it that way. You'll have a better chance at getting the variation that way. You can also thicken the paste using PRO Chemical's dye paste formula which will give you more control (it's cheap and it will take you a long time to use it all even if you use it fairly often) but not much of the variation unless you work that into your dyes.
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