On Thuesday, a lady came at our meeting of the Creative Fibre Guild, to explain us how to dye basically anything we want, with very little means and a disconcerting ease.
I had that dozen ugly balls of creamy wool which was sitting in my stash since such a long while… and decided to give a try and see how it would look like after soaking in a Red Cabbage bath.
Here is my first modest experience with dyeing.
– 2 teaspoons of Alum which is a chemical compound that you can buy from the chemist. The formula is AB(SO4)2·12H2O. Alum is a “mordant” which helps the dyeing adhere to the fibre, and insure brighter colors.
– 1 Red Cabbage
– A big bown, an old pan (not in aluminium) and a long fork that you won’t use for cooking anymore. Indeed, if Alum is not lethal, it’s not a good idea to cook with your dye instruments.
– 100 gr of creamy wool
– a cup of vinegar. This will fix the dye into the fibre.
Here are my materials. I chose to make 4 loose balls with the wool, by doing this, I thought it would create pressure points for the dyeing, and give interesting color nuances.
ng nuances. I plan to crochet a handbag with my original production. Or should I make a hat?