New Pond plantation dyeing yarn

This past Thursday evening, New Pond farm held a dyeing class. Their Romney sheep, raised on the farm had been sheered this past spring on the annual Founders' May Good.

Once the sheep were shorn, the fleece was sent off to be processed. There it really is washed, carded and spun into yarn. That's where this course starts. The yarn (back through the mill) was linked off into four ounce skeins, in it's natural winter season white color and was ready for sheet extruder dyeing.

There were around a dozen people there to learn, experiment, create and have fun. Plan movie director Kristen Allore ran the scheduled plan. The course was split into those who wanted to try their hand at organic dyes and those who want to experiment with meals grade dyes.

Kristen had gathered pokeberries. Pokeberry is a indigenous weed in this area. The key is certainly to gather the same amount of natural dye material to fiber you intend to dye. The pokeberries had been taken off their stems, mashed and set to cook around the range with vinegar as its' mordant. Take note: separate pots and items can be used for dyeing only. The result was a lovely purple burgundy yarn.

Mordant is a France word which means, 'to bite'. It allows the dye to adhere to the fiber permanently. Cream of tartar, alum, copper, iron and other metals/chemicals can be used as a mordant also.

I actually ran the food quality dyes. Kool Help, Easter egg dyes (pellets), Meals colouring and spices from your cupboard such as turmeric, chili powder and curry can be utilized. Vinegar was used as the mordant.

The yarn was positioned on a plastic bag with a cup propping up the guts. It gets the appear of the moat. Two colors had been mixed for each skein and creatively positioned around the yarn. The white areas between your two colors were massaged for any blend creating a third color jointly. The plastic handbag (with yarn inside) was sealed, and warmed in the microwave to create the colour. The results were beautiful variegated skeins of yarn.

Everyone was pleased with the outcomes and looked forward to experimenting further at home.

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