The letter ‘e’ is important in many ways. One way is it transforms the word ‘dying’ . . . a very grim word meaning ceasing to live or approaching death . . . into ‘dyeing’ . . . a word meaning to add or change color. I like that much better. One thing I do like about these words is the confusion and bewilderment it can create for non-fiber folks when we say we’re going to spend the day dyeing or take a class on dyeing. To many, it sounds like end-of-life planning. For others, it conjures up visions of rainbows.
I have to admit . . . I’m not the most experienced or well-versed dyer. However, there are some simple techniques that I’ve used to help transform my yarns and fabric into something remarkable for a project. This brings me to share with you some on-line resources for dyeing yarn and fabric.
Spinning Daily’s Guide to Dyeing Yarn: Learn How to Dye Using Natural Dyeing Techniques – http://www.spinningdaily.com/dyeing-yarn/
This is a free ebook from our friends at Spin Off magazine. I like this publication as a way of getting me to appreciate natural dyeing techniques . . . from black walnuts
Plus, now that summer is officially upon us . . . give solar dyeing a try and let Mother Nature help you transform your yarns!
Quilting Daily’s Easy Resist Fabric Dyeing Techniques for Batik-style Dyeing and Surface Design – http://www.quiltingdaily.com/free-resist-fabric-dyeing-techniques/
This is another free ebook; however, this one is from our friends at Quilting Daily. It find it inspirational for those pieces of fabric I have woven that I think need to be punched up a bit.
Dye Your Yarn – http://www.dyeyouryarn.com/
This is a website full of information on different techniques from dyeing with food dyes, Kool-Aid, and Easter egg dyes to transform yarns. Fun things to do with kids too! The following are just a few examples:
Dyeing silk with Kool-Aid
McCormick food dye formulas
Dyeing with Easter egg dyes
Kathryn Ivy’s website – http://kathrynivy.com/patterns/extras/dyeing-yarn/
Check out this website for a fun tutorial on dyeing with Easter egg dyes. I think she got stunning results!
Dharma Trading’s dyeing with ice (or snow) – http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/13399009-AA.shtml
If the summer heat is getting to you, perhaps dyeing with ice will help cool you off (a margarita nearby isn’t a bad idea).
And, finally . . . there are a number of resources available to walk you through dyeing in a Crock Pot. The two below are just a couple that will show you how.
Twin Willows Farm – Rainbow Crock Pot dyeing – http://www.twinwillowsfarm.com/rainbow.html
Sleepy Eyes Knitting – http://sleepyeyesknitting.blogspot.com/2007/02/crockpot-fiber-dyeing.html
Whether I cool off this summer by dyeing with ice or I wait for cooler weather and use my Crock Pot, these are some helpful resources to get you started created your own unique and colorful yarn and fabric!