Sunday 9 September 2012

Plum and olive mixture

Just accomplished my first yarn painting experiment with purple and green textile dyes. That seems like a dangerously addictive activity, no need to look for that perfect shade of yarn again.

Handpainted yarn in green and purple

As there were no better vessels for this operation to be found in the household, a cake tin had to be sacrificed, and it worked out very well.

Dyeing yarn in cake tin

The colours came out really bright, except for some parts of yarn inside the hank, that remained unintentionally a bit too light.

Handpainted yarn in green and purple

This is how the yarn looks after knitting:

Knitted swatches with handpainted yarn

Leftover dye made it into more experiments, a painted piece of lace

Handpainted lace

and plain cotton fabric (so many new ideas for making a matching wardrobe instantly coming up):

Handpainted fabric in green and purple


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    1. Added some vinegar to the dye solution - that was written in the instructions, and also a little to the last rinse.
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  2. And I liked that some parts of the yard are darker and some - lighter. I think that will give to a final clothing more interesting look. Does those paints cost a lot? Because I just sawIwriteessays prices and wasn't really happy.

  3. Oh my goodness!! They are just awesome. My wife has been knitting for some years now but has never, in all that time, used hand dyed yarn. I will tell her about this post.