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« on: December 24, 2013 02:43:13 PM »

I hope I'm putting this on the right board.... it IS from a dyeing project, after all.
I dyed some roving this morning with food coloring. I'm not sure exactly what it is- it came free with my new wheel. It was marked 'domestic wool'. I love the colors that came out and really want to start working with it. Can I put roving in the dryer on the dryer shelf with the wool setting? I definitely don't want to felt anything.
Any and all suggestions are welcome! Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2013 05:33:56 AM »

I just let my fluff air dry for two days, but since you have a sweater rack, why not? I would slip a large mesh laundry bag over the rack and pin it in place to make sure the fibre doesn't go for a spin.
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014 06:51:27 AM »

I let my rovings dry near a heat run. As long as you don't allow the agitation aspect of felting happen, I can't see why you wouldn't be able to use the sweater rack. alexus had a good suggestion in putting it in a laundry bag and securing it. That way there are no mishaps!
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2014 03:45:27 PM »

How bout using a salad spinner? I was thinking about trying it the next time I dye.. Of course, I'm doing smaller batches so it should fit in the spinner.. I'm hoping that I can spin out the bulk of the water without felting it.

Has anyone tried that?

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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2014 04:26:25 PM »

That is a common way of ridding the excess water!  A salad spinner does help.  You'd want one that was dedicated, of course.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2016 02:10:14 PM »

I had to really steel myself up to do this the first time, but I have a top loading washing machine and I've found it works great to put the roving in on a spin cycle to get most of the excess moisture out. Smiley Then I open up the roving a bit and hang it to dry. Generally things will be dry the same day or by morning. I also have an old screen, for a door, that I picked up at a 5 and dime. I made a little sorting and drying table by laying it across a couple supports. It provides a lot of air flow, so you don't get pockets of wetness.
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