One the favorite perks of my job at a craft book company is getting to take some craft classes on company time and dime.
Marilyn and I went to Angel Ridge Farm to take this one day workshop. This is my second class with Lorri Helms. I learned to knit socks at her class a couple of years ago. I love her easy going teaching style.
We learned three methods of fleece and yarn dying. First we crammed fleece into mason jars, sprinkle lanaset dyes over the fleece and slowly poured a vinegar solution over the dye. We put the jars into a hot water canner and let it simmer for about an hour.
One of my jars broke in the simmer, but the results are still spinning up nicely.
I started a pair of socks with the other batch.
Next we soaked 2oz balls n a vinegar and water solution. Half of them were injected with different colors of dye solution kind of like hand painting. We steamed them in a hot water canner on a rack for about an hour. (Top of page, the three skeins on the right) The other half we simmered in a dye bath that came half way up the ball, them flipped them over and simmerted them in a digfferent color dye bath for another hour (the other three skeins on the left).
Inspired by how easy it really was to get great results, I got a second hand microwave and set up studio in my newly cleaned basement (thank you sweetie!)
This was some natural hand spun the I had lying around. I had some procion dyes leftover from my batik days, so just a little adjustment to the chemisrty, and it took to the yarn fabulously. The microwave speeded hting up a little and was a little less messy. I am still tweaking the proportions, but even the “mistakes ” came out good. I did not like the results from microwaving the fleece…I think it felts too much. I think I will stick to the canning jar method for that.