Thursday, January 24, 2008

Makin' Messes

Last night we tried our hand at dyeing some of our wool yarn. We've kettle dyed before, but haven't tried what's called handpainting--directly applying several colors of dye to the yarn. Here's a photojournal of our learning experience.

Wetted yarn laid out on plastic wrap:

Applying the dye:

Yarn wrapped up in plastic wrap:

Setting the dye by steaming in a kettle:

Rinsing out the excess dye (in our case, loads and loads of excess dye):

Almost finished:

Final product:


  1. What beautiful yarn! Are you going to start selling it on Etsy? I've just fallen in love with felting - found some wool yarn in my stash, googled for some patterns, and ended up hooked. Fun stuff. Being able to make the yarn, too, would be the icing on the cake! Hope it's as much fun - and as rewarding - as it looks.


  2. I always wanted to dye yarn. I think this technique is great. Is there anywhere where I can find this in a book? I know where to get the wool and dye, but I would love to do what you are doing in your photo journal. I haven't felt snow in 2 years.

  3. I love the colorway, very bright and wonderful. I love the snow pics just beautiful.

  4. Wow!!! Totally impressive Lona!

  5. Looks like you had a lot of fun with the wool dying. They turned out so nicely,love the colors. Glad you are getting out skiing,looks like there is plenty of snow for it.


  6. The colors are fabulous! My boys are wanting to try that. Only so I have yet another project to knit haha


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