Hand-Dyeing Yarn

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How to Prepare to Paint Yarn

Hand-painting is the process of applying dye directly to fiber and then steaming the fiber to set the dye. The term hand-paint encompasses a range of techniques that create a variety of results. In some [more…]

Part of the Series: Dyeing Fiber: 5 Steps to Painting Yarn with a Foam Brush

Tips for Hand-Painting Fiber with Dye

When hand painting yarn and fiber, at times you will want colors to remain clear and distinct and other times you will want more subtle color transitions. Sometimes dyes run together where two colors meet [more…]

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Mix the Dye and Soak the Yarn Skeins

In this process, you prepare to paint the dye directly onto the yarn with foam brushes to create variegated skeins. Using wool skeins with a 2-yard circumference, this technique shows how to paint skeins [more…]

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How to Steam and Dry the Skeins

Once you have painted your skeins with a foam brush — whether you chose a single color or a mix of colors — you have to steam and dry the skeins. For this you’ll need a enamel pot and a canning rack dedicated [more…]

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Dye Silk Scarves Using the Stitch and Gather Method

Dyeing silk scarves is a fun way to use leftover dyes. It’s also a neat way to experiment with mixing colors and to explore textile surface design techniques. The two-part process described here uses silk [more…]

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How to Hand-Dye Scarves Using the Scrunch Technique

The scrunch method is an easy way to dye silk scarves and infuse them with patches of vibrant color. When you discover how easy dying scarves can be, you may never pay department store prices for your [more…]

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How to Hand-Dye Scarves Using the Folding Method

This dying method is one of several ways you can use reisist dying to create fanciful silk scarves. After you fold the scarf, you overdye it in a contrasting color. When the dye is set and the scarf is [more…]

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How to Dye Silk Scarves Using the Bound-Resist Method

In the bound-resist method of hand-dying a scarf, you use string and marbles. The marbles form a pattern resembling flowers or diamonds on the fabric. The two-part dying process described here uses silk [more…]

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Gather Materials to Create Dye Solutions

Learning how to dye fiber opens the door to an exciting new realm of color for your knitted, crocheted, or hand-woven creations. It’s easier and safer to work with dyes in liquid form, whether you are [more…]

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How to Mix Dye Stock for Hand-Dyeing Fiber

Once you have gathered all your tools and set up a safe dyeing space you can begin the dyeing process. Mixing dyes is part art and part science. A dyer understands not only the use of color but also the [more…]

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Determining the Depth of Your Dye Shade

When you are hand-dyeing, depth of shade refers to the desired value (lightness or darkness) of the dyed fiber. It is expressed as a percentage indicating the weight of dye powder in relation to the weight [more…]

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How to Work with and Dispose of Dyes Safely

Dyeing is a fun, creative process, yet dyers must take safety seriously. Dye materials are safe to use as long as you follow the supplier’s instructions and some basic precautionary guidelines. The misuse [more…]

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Preparing to Dye Wool Yarn a Solid Color

Immersion dyeing is traditionally used to dye fibers solid colors. Successful immersion dye baths rely in part on using stock pots (either stainless steel or unchipped enamel) large enough to accommodate [more…]

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How to Mix Dye Stock for Dyeing Solid Colors

Immersion dyeing is the process of creating a dye bath in a large pot, adding fiber and heating it. This method is used for dying fibers a solid color. Hand-dyed solids have rich tonal characteristics [more…]

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How to Dye Yarn Skeins a Solid Color

Now that you have your skeins prepared and soaked and dye bath prepared for dyeing your fiber a solid color. Always be sure you have the proper safety equipment and follow manufacturer instructions when [more…]

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How to Paint the Yarn Skeins

Now that you have mixed your dye and prepared the skeins for painting, grab your trusty foam brush. You may need to apply extra dye to the brush to fully cover some segments of the skein. You can experiment [more…]

Part of the Series: Dyeing Fiber: 5 Steps to Painting Yarn with a Foam Brush

Dyeing Fiber with Kool-Aid in a Slow Cooker

Packets of unsweetened Kool-Aid (or similar powdered beverage products) contain all the ingredients you need for an acid dye bath: citric acid crystals and food coloring. Slow cookers are perfect for simmering [more…]

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How to Spray-Paint Fiber

For this technique, use spray bottles to apply either a heavy or light mist of contrasting colors on undyed yarn or roving. When done lightly, this gives the fiber an airbrushed look. When sprayed more [more…]

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How to Dye Yarn in a Microwave

Microwave dyeing is a quick and easy way to dye small quantities of protein fiber using acid dyes. It is a great method for dyeing fiber for a small project or for quickly sampling colorways. Use the microwave [more…]

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How to Sun-Soak Yarn Skeins

Mason jars filled with yarn and color steep in the sun’s warmth for amazing results. The success of solar dyeing depends on your geography. If you live in the tropics, the sun’s heat on a hot day may be [more…]

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How to Dye Roving with the Low-Water Method

Dyeing yarn in low water is similar to immersion dyeing because the fiber is immersed in a dye bath, but is also similar to hand-painting because you pour the colors directly onto the fibers while they [more…]

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Preparing to Dip-Dye Yarn

When you dip-dye yarn, you apply color to the skeins by dipping them into containers of dye mixed with acid. Working with dyes can be dangerous. So be sure to follow the all safety precautions. [more…]

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How to Prepare Skeins for Dip-Dyeing Yarn

Dip-dyeing creates a repeating color sequence with more diffused transitions. This method is especially nice for silk yarn. Sometimes it is easier to dye a tightly twisted silk yarn to the core by submersing [more…]

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How to Dip-Dye Yarn Skeins

Dip dyeing yarn creates a repeating color sequence that you accomplish by dipping the yarn into containers of dye mixed with acid. After you have prepared your skeins by wrapping and soaking them, and [more…]

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How to Steam Dip-Dyed Skeins of Yarn

The final steps to dip-dyeing your yarn is steaming the dyed skeins and drying them. You should end up with lovely multicolored strands to use in your knitting, weaving, or crocheting project. When steaming [more…]

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