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« on: June 01, 2005 11:41:52 AM »

I can spin, and I can dye my yarn in its finished state, and I can do some fancy stuff now thanks to pluckyfluff's book (pictures to come soon). But for the life of me, I can not dye roving without felting it. I've done the kool-aid dying, but the only way to make the dye permanent is by microwaving it, which felts the fiber. I also tried RIT fabric dye but that needs heat to set as well.

So what kind of dye should I use? Is there a certain brand that works without heat? I would really appreciate if the more experienced spinnners could give me some tips. Thank you!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2005 03:16:01 PM »

http://www.gfwsheep.com/rov.inst/rov.inst.html

I found this tutorial, but I guess I still don't understand what "aniline dye powder" is. I wonder if I could just go into a craft store and ask for it...?
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2005 05:04:39 AM »

i have kool-aid dyed roving in plastic ziploc bag with hot tap water then hung the bags on my laundry line  in the sun for about 45 minutes then rinsed, dripped dry and enjoy!!
im actually in the process of looking for a hotplate on freecycle.org to use expressly for crafts Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2005 05:21:01 AM »

I use Kool Aid to dye mine and I bought a couple of big soup pans that I put on the gas hob and heat it gently until the water goes clear.

I got the instructions from here:

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/kool-aid-dying.html

Just be careful not to agitate it too much when wet and is shouldn't felt!  Mine sometimes felts a little but I pull it out  when drafting it before spinning.

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2005 05:38:41 PM »

I've found that, when dying wool, i let it soak in the hot water for about 45 min. (barely touching it to avoid aggitation!) and then, after it's spun, I'll wet the yarn and nuke it in the microwave.  IDK if it's neccessary to do this, but it works for me with barely any felting.
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2005 11:18:52 PM »

I have wondered about fixing the twist after spinning.  How long do you stick it in the microwave for and what does IDK mean?  Sorry for my ignorance, still a newbie to spinning though!
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2005 05:52:13 AM »

Hehe...no problem!  IDK means "I don't know" in internet slang.  Tongue  Well, what I usually do is stick it in the microwave in a dye bath (if I'm dying all the yarn the same color)  I put two packets of kool aid (any dye that needs heat to set will do, however) and put the microwave on for 2 min, and let it sit for 2 min untill all the color (or most) is gone from the water.  When setting the twist with a microwave, I put the yarn in a microwavable container submersed in water, and do 2 min on, 2 min to cool about 3 or 4 times.  I let the water cool a bit untill I can stick my hand in it, then very carefully squeez the water out of it, starting at the top of the skein working to the bottom.  Then I hang it to dry.  Hope this helps!  Ask more questions if you need to or if my answer wasn't very well explained (it's early in the morning, sorry!)
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2005 05:01:43 PM »

i have dyed with koolaid, stove top method, similar to what hello.mango said..haven't had any felting issues.. one thing that i've heard is important, besides avioding agitation, is to be sure you're rinse water is the same temperature as your dye bath, as sudden temp. changes can apparently cause felting.. although, i've noticed that with the stovetop method, rinseing is barely neccessary as all the colour just gets soaked right up and stays!
i guess it could also depend on what kind of wool roving you have.. i'm sure different type of sheep felt to different degrees..
good luck.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2005 12:43:35 AM »

I will certainly have a try at zapping it in the microwave after spinning, as I have noticed a couple of mine have loosened after a while.  Not a lot, but just a tiny amount.  I quite like the look of it slightly loose though, but it would be nice to be able to have it tight as well!

I am rubbish at using the same temp water for rinsing but it doesn't felt much at all.  I am using Merino and apart from a couple of batches of dyeing where it felted a little at the edges, I have been very lucky not to have it totally felted.  I like the stove-top method though, as you can see it changing colour in front of your eyes and you add dry kool aid powder on to the top to make different colour effects!  It feels much more hands on as well.  Hubby does complain about the smell of cooking vinegar though!
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2005 10:58:12 AM »

Hehe...my fiance complains about his apartment smelling like I put a sheep in the microwave.  Tongue  Well, let's be honest...that is what it smells like.
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