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13 Avr 2016 - 09:47:23

New Pond plantation dyeing yarn

Thursday evening this past, New Pond farm held a dyeing class. Their Romney sheep, elevated on the farm have been sheered earlier this spring at the annual Founders' May Fair.


Once the sheep were shorn, the fleece was sent off to be processed. There it is washed, carded and spun into yarn. That's where this course begins. The yarn (back again in the mill) was linked off into four ounce skeins, in it's natural winter white color and was ready for dyeing.


There have been approximately twelve people there to learn, experiment, create and have fun. Plan movie director Kristen Allore ran the scheduled program. The class was divided into those who wished to try their hand at organic dyes and those who would like to experiment with meals grade dyes.


Kristen had collected pokeberries. Pokeberry is usually a native weed in this area. The key is certainly to assemble the same quantity of natural dye material to fiber you intend to dye. The pokeberries had been removed from their stems, mashed and set to cook in the stove with vinegar as its' mordant. Note: different pots and utensils must be used for dyeing only. The full total result was a beautiful purple burgundy yarn.


Mordant is a People from france word which means, 'to bite'. It enables the dye to adhere completely to the fibers. Cream of tartar, alum, copper, iron and various other metals/chemicals can be used being a mordant also.


The meals was run by me grade dyes. Kool Aid, Easter egg dyes (pellets), Food spices and color from your own cupboard such as turmeric, chili powder and curry could be utilized. Vinegar was utilized as the mordant.


The yarn was placed on a plastic bag using a cup propping up the center. It gets the appear of the moat. Two shades were combined for every skein and compounding extruder placed throughout the yarn creatively. The white areas between the two shades were massaged collectively to get a mix creating a third color. The plastic handbag (with yarn inside) was covered, and warmed in the microwave to create the color. The results had been gorgeous variegated skeins of yarn.


Everyone was pleased with the outcomes and looked forwards to experimenting further at home.
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