So, my first few attempts at Koolaid dyeing were ok, but nothing to write home (or for that matter, blog) about. I then read about dyeing with food colors which seemed like it would be much more satisfying since I love to mix colors (I paint and also make woodblock prints). In January I bought regular food colors and also the Neon McCormick brand dyes and got to work.This time I really wanted to dye roving so that I could see the color changes as they entered into the twist (also helps me join, since at that time I was constantly breaking my singles with overtwisting).
I don’t know how many ounces I began with (as I only just got a scale today) but I decided to use up the roving I got from my first spinning workshop and I had about 3-4 yards worth left. I wanted to ply two different colorways. I used the plain yellow dye with a little neon green in it for half of the roving and dyed it sun-tea style. I then took the other half and tried a cold-pour method to paint it using two shades of blue/green and a burgundy color. The yellow turned out well and was easy to clean up. The cold-pour didn’t work out as well since the two shades of green/blue ran into each other and the ‘burgundy’ wound up looking like a flamingo (actually the green was a little So-Be-ish as well). It was also hard to keep the dyes from leaking onto my carpet and table, so if I try this again, I’ll have to find a better way, I think
Spinning this yarn was really fun, though! It wound up looking like marshmellow peeps and since I had a little flamingo roving left over, I got about 20 yards two-ply out of it.
(Top, Flamingo; Bottom, Marshmellow Peeps.)