Doing some Dyeing

I realised I was running out of brighter colours.  I got the dye pot out from under the snow drift it had become to fix the problem. . I like to dye outside but it much to cold so It was in the kitchen. I was nice and used citric acid instead of vinegar in my dye water. I am not a pro at this. I do not measure as I don’t care if I can get the exact colour again. I like that my dye jobs are many times not an eve solid colour. I will recard it and it will have more life and not be so flat.

I started with yellow. I wanted a nice bright sunny yellow. It bled a lot when it was done.

yellow bleeding

After many rinses it was still bleeding. So I recooked it with more acid, that worked.

Here is some purple in the pot and you can see the dye take up was good.

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and this is all the wool done, some nice bright spring colours.

dyed wool

I have finally taken my own advice and got some PH strips. I always tell people having trouble with dye take up or bleeding to make sure the PH is right. Now I just need to find some tome to do some more dyeing so I can try them out.

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15 Responses to Doing some Dyeing

  1. koffipot says:

    Lovely Spring colours Ann. 🙂

  2. Leonor says:

    Beautiful colours, Ann!

    So you think bleeding can be helped with PH strips? I always thought those were good to help with controlling the end colours one gets, because harder water yields different tones than softer water… Hm, one learns every day! 🙂

  3. Lyn says:

    I love the photo of your spring coloured wool – beautiful!

  4. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Beautiful colors Ann! You’re right about the carding it does help.

  5. ruthlane says:

    Beautiful colors – I need to do some dyeing too and those are just the colors I need. Too bad you didn’t make enough for me too 😉

  6. luvswool says:

    Always fun to have new colors of wool…what kind of dyes did you use?

  7. zedster66 says:

    Great Colours, Ann! I bet they’d make one gorgeous batt with your big carder, it’d be a work of art in itself 🙂

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