Portrait of Kendra
by: Kendra

Fiber Dyeing Party

It was at Halcyon’s Homecoming Party when I began to think “this should happen more often”. Why not host a party of my own? Of course her party was bit more grand than anything I might host, but I was focused on the concept. That day I saw so many people with common interests sharing ideas, enjoying good food and each other’s company. I reflected on how our lives are enriched by good friends and our passions. Marry the two for the day, add some good food and you’ve got an unbeatable combination. But what kind of party?

Being a lover of all things fiber, I thought it might be difficult to decide. Luckily it was not. I quickly focused on a dyeing party. It’s summer time, so as long as it wasn’t windy, everything could be done outside. With perennials gardens in full bloom we certainly wouldn’t lack for color inspiration. Another great plus was the idea of combining different fiber interests. After all, we could dye wool yarn, fabric and roving, pre-felt, wool locks and recycled sweaters. What fun!

So the invites went out. Friends came with good things to eat and good things to dye.

Our basket of "goodies" waiting to be dyed.

It was a day to experiment so we tried a couple different dyeing techniques. I have an extensive library of fiber books so I pulled out my 3 favorite on dyeing. We used [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] , Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece - Dip-Dyeing, Hand-Painting, Tie-Dyeing, and Other Creative Techniques and  [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] as our guides for the day. As for the dyes, one step Country Classics Dye Sample Card  Country Classic acid dyes for protein fibers helped us create glorious colors. Take a look at a few photos from the day.

Over dyeing previously dyed, less than beautiful, skeins and light brown roving using the immersion technique.

 

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  [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock]
Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece - Dip-Dyeing, Hand-Painting, Tie-Dyeing, and Other Creative Techniques  Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece - Dip-Dyeing, Hand-Painting, Tie-Dyeing, and Other Creative Techniques
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  [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock]
Country Classics Dye Sample Card Country Classics Dye Sample Card

 

Hand-painted and steam dyed yarn that has been reskeined. It's patiently waiting to be woven.

 

A variety of dye techniques used with the coneflower as inspiration.

My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Now we need to get together and use these luscious colors.  I can already feel the creative juices flowing. Any fiber party plans in your future?

 

Here are the Country Classic Acid Dyes

Country Classic Acid Dyes

 

 

Related items of interest: • Dyeing BooksDyeing Equipment

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