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aerangis
« on: December 19, 2010 12:53:35 PM »

Hello!

I'm more of a felter myself, but I've been trying my hand at dying wool. So far I've used whichever dyes I've been able to find at the local art store, but without much success (colors aren't the best).
So I'm now looking to buy 'good' dyes, but I'm puzzled with the brands... jacquard, ashford, landscapes, ... ?

So the question is : which brand would you recommand?

I'm looking for great colors and the easier to use, the better...
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AlpacaNanny
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2010 05:48:03 AM »

I raise alpacas and have been dyeing (and felting) my own fiber for 4 years and swear by Jacquard.  They give brilliant colors with a small amount of dye.  I carefully weigh my fleece and dyes and use about 1.5 - 2% of dye per weight of fiber.   To get accurate weights I generally convert to grams - 1 ounce equals approximately 28 grams.
Dharma Trading is a good source for these dyes.
If you have more questions - just ask!!!  I can give you feedback on many of the colors - I have used at lest 12 of them.
Have fun and Happy Dyeing!!
Louise

Here is link to my photos that shows many of the colors I have used  http://www.flickr.com/photos/31272800@N05/
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aerangis
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2010 02:41:49 PM »

Thanks! I think I'm going to give those a try.

The colors you get looks amazing (and so does your work).
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angorarabbit
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2011 10:39:38 AM »

Personally, I use country classics.  They're fairly inexpensive and require nothing more than vinegar and water.  My results with them have been very good, and they rinse clear every time.  EVERY time.  I buy mine from Paradise Fibers, however, because the store is in WA and I'm in PA shipping is pretty steep so I usually wait to order more dye until I have a $100 order so shipping will be free. 
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