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Posted - 02/14/2003 :  12:43:10 AM  Show Profile Send Phaedra28 a Private Message
This is my latest thrill: dying yarn! I guess it was the article about handpainted yarns in Knitters a while back, which was really inspirational, but whatever started it, I've been dying yarn until my husband is ready to run whenever he sees that look on my face: just in case I grab him and dye him violet! It gives me a chance to create the colors I want, rather than having to use what's available, and I get to buy cheap yarn and still get a stunning result.

So far, using the procion dyes, I've dyed cotton, rayon, cotton/rayon blends, wool, mohair, mohair boucle, and am saving up for some wool/silk to dye next. Since the dyes are expensive enough that I can't just buy every color I might want down the line, I've been experimenting with mixing, and gotten some fabulous results. Heating the animal fibers had me stymied for a time, because microwave dying didn't work out too well for me, but then I used an old pot with a steamer insert, wrapped the yarn in plastic wrap, then packaged it with aluminium foil. Works a charm, no leaking, no felting (so far) and lovely, vivid colors! The mohair boucles have been amazing, because the haziness of the yarn makes the colors pop in a funny, vivid-yet-hazy way. Really quite striking.

So, anyone else work with procion dyes? Get any fun results? C'mon! Let's get this colorworks forum moving!

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