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Monday, August 3, 2009

I dyed with dignity

On Sunday, we went to a wool dyeing party at the home of one of our spinning guild members. It was my first experience with dyeing wool roving, and what a fun time it was! I took some pictures of the festivities, and here they are!

Here are a whole lot of painted rovings drying on the fence!

Here are some beautiful hand-dyed yarns!

These rovings are my personal efforts at hand-painting. I was quite pleased with the way they turned out!
Kelly's painted roving is the brownish-green one between the purple and white one and the blue one.

Some folks brought their spinning wheels and did some spinning while waiting for their dyed fiber to dry.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch of smoked chicken and smoked baked beans by one of the hosts! After that we came home and hung our painted fiber (or fibre, depending on your spelling rules!) in the basement to dry. I am quite pleased with the results and can't wait to try spinning it!



An all-around good day!

14 comments:

Christy said...

Wow! How beautiful.

kristi said...

What a colorful post!! I just took a needle felting class using roving and fell in love so I am all about roving right now!! I can't wait to get my wool processed!! I love your colors that are gold/tan/green!!

clink said...

Very very cool!! I'm very envious of your day..........but fall will be here soon. Then i can spin again.

You did awesome -- the colors are beautiful!

frolicnfibers said...

Way beautiful! Congratulations and it sounds like you had a blast!

Nancy K. said...

What fun! I love the fall colors. Perhaps I'll have to have a mini dye day in the Bluff Country...

Kenleigh's Fiber Studio said...

How fun! The colors are so pretty and I love how the colors blend when it is spun.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Ooooh! Love these finished projects. That is one thing I still want to learn: dying wool.

What kinds of dye did you use? Did anyone use Kool Aid, too?

~Lisa

Lola Nova said...

That looks like a fun day, and what beautiful roving. I look forward to seeing the yarn!

Christine said...

I absolutely love your color choices.

Holly said...

Looks fun! I have not tried that technique. Please show us the yarn results when your done.

Mom L said...

Absolutely beautiful colors! Yes, I'm here in Iowa at last - had a fun trip, even with Emma crying part of each morning. Diane dosed her with children's benedryl (vet's suggestion) at the start of each trip (I failed as a dosing Mom) and Emma eventually settled down, roaming free in the back seat on top of stuff covered with a fleece blanket for her. I love it! It IS Heaven. From my bedroom and living room windows I see stretches of lawn, corn fields, and beyond that the long, low, Loess Hills. Diane is 15 minutes away! Now if only there were some young goats and sheep to look at......

OH - almost forgot - I've added my new email address to my Google account but it won't let me delete the old one. Any suggestions?

Earthenwitch said...

The... roving... the... colour!

*and breathe*

So jealous can barely speak. Gorgeous colours, and it sounds like a fab day all round. More pics, please!

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

I love to dye, just dont make many chances to do it. Beautiful colors!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Hey Claire,

You asked on my recent post if I've made any peach jam...and I can answer with a resounding YES! lol!
I've made more than 4 gallons of peach jam over the past week and a half...and will probably make more. If you'd like to share your peach ginger jam recipe I'd be very happy! Yummo!

I picked another 40 lbs of peaches yesterday....and there are still more peaches up on my tree!

I sold 30 lbs of peaches tonight and the other day I sold 14 lbs of peaches. I'm happy to be able to make a little extra money, and so are my twinlings who have been helping with the picking.

Good luck with your newest peach trees. I hope the give you a good harvest in the near future.

~Lisa