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« on: November 13, 2003 10:22:13 AM »

so i've been taking a spinning class at the university craft center, and i'm completely loving it. i now have several skeins of (slightly unevenly spun) yarn. it's in a natural medium gray color. so here's my question: can i dye this yarn even though it's not particularly light? will the color come out weird? what should i use to dye it? what's the process exactly?

i've never dyed yarn before, but i figure i might as well spin as much as i can while i still have access to free (well, minus the cost of the class) wool--and i'd rather have a variety of colors if possible.

any advice would be appreciated!
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2003 02:37:30 PM »


Dharma Trading has every kind of textile dye you could ever want (and lots of other good stuff), and they're a family-owned, really great company.

The link above should take you to the dyes for wool page, but if not, go to www.dharmatrading.com and do a search for wool dye.

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2005 03:55:04 AM »

When you dye them, you'll get a LOVELY jewel-tone color instead of the color of the dye you use. Here's a link to the kool-aid color chart- check the colors on the right: http://www.thepiper.com/fiberart/koolaid/images/colorchart-max.jpg -- just to give you an idea. Cheesy Have fun!
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2005 06:51:12 AM »

That color chart is great dying with koolaid is alot of fun and you can mix them to get better colors.  There are some great tutorials on the web just type in kool aid dying or dying hand spun.  Just be careful not to shock the wool by changing temp. or agitating or it will felt. 

« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2005 07:10:14 AM »

this is my first yarn i just finished.  It was natural white Border Leicester wool which i dyed with a mix of strawberry starfruit and kiwi strawberry kool aid.  I spun it up on a Navajo style spindle i built out a long dowel and some CDs. 

« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2005 11:47:17 AM »

Looks really pretty!!

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