Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Hand Painted Yarn

At the IW Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild we had a "Fun Day" of Hand Painting Yarn with Dyes. It was an opportunity to mess about with lots of colour and experiment with painting techniques. First we soaked our yarn samples in warm soapy water so as they would absorb the colours more easily.

Then laying the yarn on some cling film it was time to get all creative. I love colour and although it was so tempting to dip my paint brush in all the dye pots! I tried very hard to take it slow and carefully consider the colour blending

Once painted the yarn was wrapped up in the cling film and placed in a steamer for around ten minutes to fix the coloured dye.

At home I was able to wash the yarn samples in clear water and dry in the garden.
 These are my little skeins of colour, 4x 25grms of kid angora and 50grms of hand spun wool and silk.  

Doesn't it look yummy? I'm not sure what I will do with these blasts of colour yet, I think I will certainly enjoy knitting or weaving them in one of my projects though.
 I love the process of my craft from thinking up an idea to developing it into a piece of knitted work. Whether it's spinning the wool, weaving the cloth; it's very satisfying making something unique. I shall ponder on this yarn and see what it wants to be... 

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