I have been playing with some more dyeing. This time I used Kemtex Easy Dyes. I didn’t get the starter pack so I had no instructions dah….however, I soaked my lovely Alpaca and Tussah Silk roving for a long while (about an hour) in some lukewarm water. I then squeezed out as much water as I could and then I lay the fibre in a pyrex dish in a zigzag fashion, pushing it together to get it all in. I mixed the dyes in squeezy bottles, half a teaspoon of dye to half a bottle of water. About 125ml at a guess. I then simply squirted the blue, then the pink, then the lime green. The green looks so pale until it is cooked, see the picture below. I just made sure the dye has penetrated through the fibre and left it alone, I didn’t want it to get muddy.
See how the colours changed in the green? I covered the dish with cling film and made a small hole for the steam to escape. I set my microwave to 80% and cooked it in 5 minute bursts for about 15 minutes checking after each 5 minutes to see if the water was clear by pushing down on the fibre with a white plastic spoon. This was not a sopping wet dishful, just well soaked.
and this is the result, it is beautiful to look at and I loved photographing it….I hope it spins up OK, it is on my list of spinning jobs!
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