…more dyeing. My kitchen is starting to resemble a mad scientist’s laboratory!
First off we have some bluefaced leciester dyed with weld. I must confess that I was expecting a much bolder colour but the pale lemony shade I ended up with is quite pretty so I’m not too disappointed.
Next we have some more madder-dyed roving. I love spinning hand-painted rovings but as you can’t really hand-paint using natural dyes (unless you use extracts) I decided to experiment a bit to see if I could achieve different colours by other methods. The colour variations in this lot of wool were achieved by tightly packing the roving into the dyebath so that the wool was dyed unevenly. Although I like the effect, the method is rather hit and miss so next off I tried some dip-dyeing which resulted in this…
To dip-dye I looped the wool around a stick and suspended the wool over the dyepot so that half of each loop was submerged in my madder exhaust. I then simmering for 45 minutes or so before suspending the undyed parts in another dyebath made using some kamala extract and simmering for another 45 minutes. The wool used was some beautifully glossy teeswater and I love how it turned out. I can’t wait to spin it! I think I’ll definitely be repeating the dip-dyeing!