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2. March 2009 14:30
by Jobo
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Natural Dyeing Series... Onion Skins - Part 2

2. March 2009 14:30 by Jobo | 2 Comments

After waiting days (yes seriously, it takes wool that long to dry out!) I finally got to play with the rest of my experimental onion wool. 

I found when I was rinsing the wool, I found that quite a bit of my colouring had come out... I don't think I had heated the dye bath enough for all of the dye to become adhered and colourfast.  Next time I will spend more time making sure things have been heated thoroughly.  This time I was worried about felting the wool, but next time I won't be so fussy.

Here is the resulting braid... the colour is a peachy gold colour.  Think the colour of hardwood floor... aka it matches mine perfecrtly!  the same light golds, and darker golds of wood grain.



During the dying process I had tried to leave some areas light and make some darker, just so the finished yarn would have some more variation and depth.  Here are some more gratuitous drafted top pictures.

 





And then... the fun part - the Spinning.  I started out wanting to make something sock weight, or fingering weight, but realized that I didn't really have enough top prepared to make anything substantial.  So I decided to make a basic two ply, which ended up at around light fingering to fingering weight.  Maybe I'll knit a scarf or something out of it.  This is the nicest merino top I have come across, so it is a real dream to spin... good thing I have about 10 lbs of it left upstairs in my studio... lol



It was fun to see the varied shades of peach and gold fly by in long stretches



I wound the singles into a centre pull ball and left them to sit for a few hours, to let the twist mellow out of course.



Then plied from the inside and outside of the ball to get a thin 2-ply... here it is on the niddy noddy



and finally... finished skein!  ta-daa!

 

Comments (2) -

I love it!  Im usually a bright and even more bright fan, but your nice peachy gold shades are PERFECT.

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