Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Overdyed Handspun Moorit Shetland!

Remember this?

I decided to overdye the natural moorit brown. I had never done any overdyeing before, and love the really nice depth in overdyed natural yarns I have seen.

So, Sunday night I got out the tubs of Wilton's icing dyes, the white vinegar, some pyrex baking trays, plastic cups, bamboo skewers, and turned on the oven (yes, no microwave yet at the new house, so the oven dyeing is new to me too)!

I had spun 12 oz. of this fiber at about a worsted-light worsted weight yarn. This translated into 4 good sized skeins and one mini-skein. I dyed three of the big skeins, and the mini skein.

After dyeing, baking in the oven for about 30 minutes at around 300, and getting a rinse:

The four skeins, dry now, awash in evening sun:

And now, a series of detail pics:





I dyed two skeins with Mauve and Burgundy (the orangey-reds), and the other two with Purple and Teal.

In my entirely un-scientific way (I don't keep a spinning notebook, a knitting notebook, or a dyeing one either. I'm really a wing it sort. I also hate to rip out my knitting too, but that's another story), I put in approximately 3 parts water, 1 part vinegar into plastic cups, dipped the end of the bamboo skewer into the dye pot a couple of times (two glomps of dye per cup) and mixed the dyes til they looked pretty strong.

Arranged the yarn in the Pyrex, poured the dye on, noted how the yarn looked like poo, worried that the experiment would be a wash, and popped it in the oven! Took it out, noted it still looked like poo, let it cool, then rinsed.

Whoa! No more bad looking yarn! I see color! Yay! Still wet though. Hmmm, will have to see if the color fades when it dries. Wait til morning. Forget to look before work, wonder all day at work if the yarn is still pretty. Go home. Yarn is still pretty!

Ah, Sucess!

I have to say. I LOVE this yarn now. I love the way the dyeing turned out. The natural brown really gives so much depth to the colors. I love the variation. I even love the way that the Wiltons separated and gave me little bands of other colors.

I am going to have to order some fancy real dyes at some point.


At 8:57 AM, Blogger bradyphrenia said...

wow, gorgeous! beautiful job.

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous rose said...

The yarn is gorgeous! The moorit base gives the yarn a richer, deeper color than over plain white. What a good job!

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous zib said...

NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Nor did I expect such gorgeous results. Complimenti!

At 12:30 PM, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Wow! At first you really couldn't see how gorgeous it was going to be. But once you re-hanked them and put them in the sun - oh my! Wonderful!

At 1:10 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Serious yarn pron there! wow.

One of the online koolaid dyeing references has color samples of all the flavors on both white and brown yarns. The ones that started brown are so rich looking!

I love the way overdyeing can also rescue overly bright yarns and make them mellow.

I hope the heat breaks soon, so I'll feel like cranking up the dyepot.

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

Loverly colors! Well done!

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Bezzie said...

Yarn porn with sound effects!!

Seriously, those are wonderful colors. And not keeping notes makes them truly original and unreproducible right? :-)

At 1:38 AM, Blogger Carolyn said...

The yarn turned out so beautiful! Lovely colours, overdyeing seems to produce more interesting results than dyeing white / cream yarn.

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Zonda said...

That is really some lovely colors there! Who knew? LOL! Great job!

At 12:06 PM, Anonymous the kitchener bitch said...

Gorgeous! The colors came out great. You are totally my spin/dye hero.


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