Saturday, September 13, 2008

Earthues Dye Day at NW Handspun Yarns



Last Weekend, September 6 and 7, we had a dye class using Earthues Dyes. I've been studying with Earthues in Seattle and now feel confident enough to teach the classes! Yeah! And what fun we had. The weather was sunny and the colors were bright! As a group we chose the colors we wanted, brought the wool yarns, including spinning fibers, and proceeded to forge ahead. In my dye classes we start from the beginning, cleaning, and mordanting, and then actually weighing the fiber and dye to get exactly the color we want. We had great pleasing results! We dyed wool and silk. Colors were cochineal, madder, logwood grey, fustic, quebracho red, and of course indigo. Some of these were blends, which were extra mathematical equations -- fun fun!

2 Comments:

Blogger Procrastinator said...

Wow! Colors look great!

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Thanks, Nancy, for a wonderful workshop. Your instructions were clear and took much of the intimidation out of the process. It was fascinating to see how the dye reacted to the different fibers we brought to the class: wool, silk, rayon, bamboo and blends. After bringing the yarns home to finish drying in the sunshine, I forgot to bring them inside for several weeks. The colors are fast and look every bit as vibrant as they did when they came from the dye pot. I'm looking forward to starting a batch of indigo in a couple of weeks...I just hope I can remember the right mix!

6:57 PM  

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