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Another Day at Bay Colony Farm
Sunday, September 11, 2005
More dyeing today
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Sting "Fortress Around Your Heart"
Topic: Fiber
I've done some more dyeing today. More Border Leicester, which is one of my favorite wools (besides Icelandic and Corriedale). All of the dyed wools are outside drying in the sun. Now it is time to dye some angora, which I'll do in the microwave.

Denise asked about dyeing in a roaster. It's fairly simple, and I do mine outside on the deck.

I presoak my fibers in some liquid dish detergent and water for a short time. Then I fill the turkey roaster up about half way with water and add a couple of good glugs of white vinegar. I set the temp at 300 degrees to start, and then add the fiber. Once I have all the fiber in that I want, I add enough water to cover it. Then I sprinkle dye over the fiber. I drop the temp to 250 degrees, and let it cook for about 2 hours. I unplug the roaster and let it cool on it's own. Once the roasting pan is cool enough to handle, I dump the fiber out on one of the custom made fiber drying racks that my friend Deanna makes. I allow it to completely cool, then I rinse it with water from the garden hose.

Here is what we have today:

Posted by baycolonyfarm at 2:51 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, September 11, 2005 2:55 PM EDT

Sunday, September 11, 2005 - 6:32 PM EDT

Name: Denise

Thanks for explaining. If I read you correctly you don't mix in the dye powder but let it sink on it's own into the fiber? Looks like a VERY efficent way to dye/rinse/dry and nice to keep it out of the kitchen.
I tried to access your link to Deanna but it didn't go anywhere.
Thanks for the feast for the eyes!

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