The Fiber Artist

Wow, that sounds pretentious doesn't it. But it is the name of my company, so I decided to use it. This is where I will keep a record of works in progress in the hope that it will result in more productivity. It will also give me a place to ramble on about my life, so that maybe later I will remember what happened in ___ (fill in day, month, year of your choice).

Sunday, August 13, 2006

I'm Dyeing

While on the trip, I finished the front of the FLAK and picked up for the sleeve, it is joined now, so I am very firmly on Sleeve island.

I have a theory. The theory is that if you take a bunch of different colors of roving and shove them into a dyepot that you should get coordinating colors.
In the great scientific tradition I am trying out my theory, this is called (if I remember back to school correctly) the Scientific method.

When I went to the Hoosier Hills Fiber Fair I went on a mad 30 minute spending spree and came home with (I think) 10 different colors of Shetland roving. see here

Then I ordered Dharma acid dyes, and citric acid. Got out the 20 qt. stainless steel pot and proceeded to test out the theory.

I put 1 oz of Yellow dye into the pot, 1 tablespoon of citric acid, heated to simmer, simmered for 30 minutes, turned the pot off, and let sit until today. (I did all that stuff yesterday.)

When I checked the dye pot this morning, there was still lots of yellow in the water. Ok, waste not, want not, added between 1/4 and 1/2 ounce. (Very scientifically, open dye shake some powder into water, stir) Got a green that looked good.

Stuffed some of all the colors into the dyepot, after adding more citric acid and more water. Heated to simmer, simmered for 30 minutes, turned off, walked away.

The yellow is all rinsed and laid out to dry. There are 4 distinct colors, so far so good. The white came out bright sunny yellow, the oatmeal is baby poop gold, the light brown is dark gold, and the med brown is a golden brown.
Can't wait to see the green.


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