Thursday evening this past, New Pond farm held a dyeing class. Their Romney sheep, elevated on the plantation had been sheered this past spring on the annual Founders' May Fair.
After the sheep were shorn, the fleece was sent off to be processed. There it is washed, spun and carded into yarn. That is where this class starts. The yarn (back in the mill) was linked off into four ounce skeins, in it's natural winter season white color and was prepared for dyeing.
There were twelve people there to understand approximately, experiment, create and have fun. System director Kristen Allore ran this program. The course was split into those who wished to try their hands at natural dyes and those who would like to experiment with food grade dyes.
Kristen had collected pokeberries. Pokeberry can be a indigenous weed in this area. The key is usually to gather the same amount of organic dye materials to fiber you intend to dye. The pokeberries were taken off their stems, mashed and arranged to cook in the range with vinegar as its' mordant. Note: distinct pots and items can be used for dyeing just. The total result was a lovely purple burgundy yarn.
Mordant is a People from france word that means, 'to bite'. It allows the dye to stick to the dietary fiber permanently. Cream of tartar, alum, copper, iron and other metals/chemicals can be used being a mordant also.
The food was run by me grade dyes. Kool Aid, Easter egg dyes (pellets), Meals spices and plastic film extrusion colouring from your cabinet such as for example turmeric, chili curry and powder can be used. Vinegar was used as the mordant.
The yarn was placed on a plastic bag having a cup propping up the guts. It gets the appear of the moat. Two colors were blended for every skein and placed throughout the yarn creatively. The white areas between the two colors were massaged to get a blend making a third color together. The plastic bag (with yarn inside) was covered, and warmed in the microwave to create the colour. The full total results were beautiful variegated skeins of yarn.
Everyone was happy with the outcomes and looked forward to experimenting further in the home.