Red River Fiber Arts and Kool Aid Dyeing

Yesterday a few of “us girls” from the RRFA  gathered at my house and we had a “Dye In”… ;o) I had some Blue Faced Leicester spun up and some mystery wool roving so we proceeded to dye it. What a fun day! Here’s pics…

I put some vinegar in about 4 gallons of warm water and put the yarn in to soak about 30 minutes before everyone arrived.  I found out later from Pat that I really didn’t need to do that since the Kool Aid has citric acid in it already… Good to know…

 

 

 

Pat B., Barbara and Sonia arrived and we got started.  I had a piece of mystery wool moorit roving that was about 7 feet long.  I decided to try my hand at dyeing roving only because Pat was here to bail me out if I tried something really dumb… ;o)  We had some lemon-lime Kool Aid and I really wanted to see if I could come up with a heather look roving.  So we tried it…

 

 

I thought it turned out fairly well.  I did find out that one should put some of the dye into the bottom of the microwaveable container before the roving is placed in it.  The bottom of the roving did not take up much of the dye.  As a result the colors are staggered throughout the roving.  I think it will be more of a tweed look when it is spun.  I think I will like it!

 

 

 

And this is the finished BFL yarn.  I was trying for a golden yellow and ended up with a lovely, lovely golden/orange.  Very nice… not brassy.

 

All in all a very lovely, productive day.  Nothing better than good  friends, warm brownies and large pot of Mandarin tea to make the day wonderful.  ♥

Have a wonderful day!  ♥

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About Linda S.

Retired Grandma living in North Central Texas and enjoying being able to spend my time with all my many crafting interests.
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