Tips On How To Dye Wool With A Dye Stock Solution
Mary Elburn gives us a lesson in camaj hand spun yarn in the art tutorial and how you can expect to dye your own wool with a dye stock solution.
Firstly she sets up a table outside and covers it with newspaper which in turn is cover in cling film using a ‘wrapmaster’ for ease of application. You might want to consider using a kitchen table or a wall paper pasting board as you will need plenty of space for you dying preparation. 3.5 Oz of dried cotton is placed on the table and in a figure of eight zig zag motion Elburn has folded it back on itself using the whole table length. Cone yarn is used to tie the cotton together at three equidistant points to allow you to hold whilst the cotton is submerged into an acid solution.
Next wear your latex gloves as you are about to start the fun part, dying your cotton in red, green and yellow dye stock with the objective to achieve some nice mood lifting summery colors. Once satisfied with your coverage its time to close the cling film in on itself sealing the cotton before being taken to the steamer to allow the colors to fuse together. 30 minutes later and a small cooling period you have your own hand dyed cotton to use in which ever way you fancy. Happy dying.