This past Thursday evening, New Pond farm held a dyeing class. Their Romney sheep, raised on the farm have been sheered earlier this spring in the annual Founders' May Good.
After the sheep were shorn, the fleece was sent off to be processed. There it really is washed, carded and spun into yarn. That's where this course 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 around twelve people there to understand, experiment, create and have fun. System movie director Kristen Allore ran this program. The course was divided into those who wanted to try their hand at organic dyes and those who would like to experiment with food grade dyes.
Kristen had extruder machines gathered pokeberries. Pokeberry can be a native weed in this area. The key is definitely to gather the same amount of natural dye materials to fiber you plan to dye. The pokeberries had been taken off their stems, mashed and arranged to cook for the stove with vinegar as its' mordant. Notice: independent pots and items can be used for dyeing just. The result was a beautiful crimson burgundy yarn.
Mordant is a France word that means, 'to bite'. It enables the dye to adhere permanently to the fiber. Cream of tartar, alum, copper, iron and various other metals/chemical substances can be used also as a mordant.
I ran the food quality dyes. Kool Help, Easter egg dyes (pellets), Food spices and colouring from your cupboard such as for example turmeric, chili powder and curry could be used. Vinegar was utilized as the mordant.
The yarn was placed on a plastic bag with a cup propping up the guts. The look is had by it of a moat. Two colours had been blended for each skein and creatively placed throughout the yarn. The white areas between your two colors were massaged to get a blend making a third color jointly. The plastic bag (with yarn inside) was covered, and warmed in the microwave to create the color. The total results were beautiful variegated skeins of yarn.
Everyone was happy with the results and looked forwards to experimenting further in the home.