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« on: December 16, 2011 07:26:57 AM »

I have some wool yarn from a friend, made from rare breed dorset sheep's down that she's handspun. it's not dyed and still feels kind of sticky so I am assuming it's still full of lanolin, so my question is, how do I prepare it to work with it? I want to work with it BEFORE I dye it so that I can get a mottled effect of sorts... or am I biting off more than I can chew for a novice?!
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2011 09:21:20 AM »

Soak it in some super hot water with some detergent for about 20 minutes without agitation (unless you want it to felt) then drain it and do it again without soap stuff a couple time and it should get the lanolin out. I don't think you're over your head. You're learning! Though why nobody else has answered this in a week is kind of confusing to me. Where is everyone?
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2011 01:46:51 PM »

thankyou!!!

and what kind of dye would you recommend? I like the idea of a natural one, I understand some colours you can use etc but I've only ever done it using Tumeric and used vinegar as a mordant; lovely creamy yellow that was!

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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2011 02:26:59 PM »

I've only used Kool-aid, Easter egg dyes, and Tea to dye yarn though I do have some acid dye stuff somewhere that I won't use until the kids are a little older. The first 2 are NOT color fast but I love the color tea gives. It's more of a brown, yeah, but it comes out more Sepia-toned and I love it. I've heard black walnuts are great for a dark brown (read a wonderful article about it one time) but other than that I have no idea about natural dyes. Sorry! Good luck!

Also, the lanolin will keep the dye from taking. it works as a kind of resist so if you want that mottled effect maybe don't use soap when you soak it and just don't get all the sticky out and then it will mottle when you dye it? Other more experienced dyers are welcome to chime in if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure that's how it works.
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2012 12:25:56 PM »

Well I ended up washing all of the lanolin out, because it was pretty much all or nothing lol.
I used oxalic acid as a mordant (I grow rhubarb) and tumeric as dyestuff. it's beautiful!!!
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