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Fiber Festival May 20 2014, 0 Comments

I have been asked by A Twist of Yarn in Vernon, BC to do some demonstrations this weekend at their Fibre Festival on May 24th, 2014.  They will be having Sheep Shearing demonstrations through out the day and I will be doing a Nuno Felting, Kids Felting and Dying demonstrations which will include a Solar Dying demo and crock pot demo.  Come on down and join us!Image


20lbs of Natural Roving soon to be beautiful hand dyed roving May 13 2014, 0 Comments

I love dying roving of any kind.  Merino, merino/silk blend, corriedale......anything white must have color. lol!  I love experimenting and seeing what is going to come out.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes it does not.  Even the ones that don't work out, somehow are still spinable.  And I do just that.

 

I use different ways to dye.  Solar dying which is using the sun light to heat your dye bath, dying in a dye pot on the stove and also dying using a crock pot.  I find that you get the most even heat with the crock pot.  Unless you are solar dying.  With crock pot dying, you will get a different look then if you were to hand paint your roving.  I also find it impossible to crock pot my yarn when I am dying with different colors.

 

I like to use Jacquard Acid dyes and althought they may be more expensive then others on the market, they are THE BEST.  The color is extremely brilliant and colorfast.  I find I get a great uniform color throughout the roving or yarn when submerging the whole thing.  Stay tuned for some step by steps on dying and some tricks that I use.     Image