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Dye Festival

Who says you need a hot date to have a good time on a Saturday night? When I found myself with a free Saturday evening because Dale had a band job I got right on the phone with dear Blogless Sharon and invited her over for a yarn dyeing festival. And we did festival it up a bit. There was a bit lot of wine and a bit of cheese and quite a bit of dyeing.

Since I had successfully mastered already attempted space dyed yarn, I decided it was time to try some hand painting. So, out came the dyes and the squirt bottles.

It was really simple and really fun! Following Dave’s very scientific instructions, I put 1/2 tsp of powdered dye (PRO Chemical One Shot Dyes if you’re shopping) and a plastic spoonful of vinegar into an 8 oz squirt bottle from the beauty supply shop, then filled the bottle the rest of the way with hot water. We then took wetted skeins of yarn and squirted them with dye. Then we wrapped them in plastic wrap and steamed them for about 1/2 hour each.

Right out of the steam pot

Unwrapped. Note the presence of wine. Just saying.

We made four skeins total and here they are hanging out after they had been rinsed until the water ran clear.

I left them there to dry over night. In the morning they were still a bit damp so I stuck them out on the deck in the sunshine. Finally, after an hour or so, they were dry and I set about re-skeining them.



Voila. Hand painted yarn. One is for my dye pal and Sharon and I are fighting over dividing up the other skeins.

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  1. They’re beautiful. One of these days I’m going to get up the nerve to try this. Mine so far has been single-color stuff. And I agree with Ann: Re-skeining is magic!

  2. Very nice. I like the purple best. Must have been fun. It’s one of the few endeavors where it doesn’t matter where you spill the wine.

  3. Ooo pretty! My favorite is the bottom one in the second picture. How are you going to divide 3 skeins between the two of you though? 😉

  4. That is gorgeous! You could go into business! Except then you couldn’t drink wine while dyeing. 🙂

  5. Don’t you love super scientific methods like a handful of this and a pinch of that? BTW, I think she who provides the vino should have first choice of yarn. The skeins look lovely Carole!

  6. wonderful yarn! and it looks like a great combo to me – glass of wine, a bit of cheese, and fiber dyeing. yahoo!

  7. Beautiful yarn! Aren’t you glad you joined the Dye-O-Rama?!? Isn’t it amazing to see your plain yarn turn into beautiful colored yarn?

  8. Hee hee – our dyeing (mis)adventures involve liberal application of wine and whine, too! Love that purpley skein.

  9. Fascinating. You make both processes look so easy that I may have to give it a try.
    They turned out great.

  10. Very nice! I like the purply one too. (You knew I would.) I note a darkish red in most of the skeins, almost a wine color.

  11. Those all look awesome! That top one in the bottom picture is my favorite. 🙂

    I want to learn how to do it…AFTER my move to my new apartment.

  12. That sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday night to me. Beautiful job on the dyeing love all those colors.

  13. VERY Koigu-like, only with your own twist to it. Stunning results. My dyes from PRO Chemical arrived today as well as my dyed yarn, which was done by Scout J herself, so I’m both nervous and ready to start dyeing. Thank you for the inspiration!

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