|dye tests in water bath|
Color in Spinning is pretty much the guide to using professional dyes (as opposed to Kool-Aid and Rit) on natural fibers intended for handspinning. It's a fantastic resource, and has great step-by-step detail on every aspect of dyeing both protein and cellulose fibers. There are instructions for dyeing big fluffy "clouds" an even, solid color, and instructions for painting dye onto tops or rovings (which are essentially long thick "ropes" of fiber) for producing variegated yarn.
These "painted rovings" are very popular among spinners because no matter how much you love spinning, miles and miles of the same color can be very boring! The color changes in a painted roving add some variety, plus you never know quite what the finished yarn is going to be like, which also adds some excitement!
I still had the dyes from my first attempt, so I decided that now would be a good time to try this again! The first step in this process is to make color samples. Color in Spinning starts with a set of eleven colors of dye, and then gives formulas for another 56 colors that can be made with those original eleven. There is no color card, so if you want to know what those colors look like, you need to mix them up and dye them.
|bits of dyed wool drying on top of my bookshelf, out of Scarlett's reach|
Romney top with my Christmas money - should be enough for 20 or 30 different color experiments!