Thursday, April 8, 2010

Space dyeing rovings


“SPACE DYEING is a technique used to give yarn a unique, multi-colored effect. While a typical skein of yarn is the same color throughout, a skein of space dyed yarn is two or more different colors that typically repeat themselves throughout the length of the yarn.”

“A ROVING is a piece of fibre which has been combed, drawn into a clump, and then twisted slightly to hold the fibers together and to prepare them for spinning and/or felting. SLIVER and TOP have a similar meaning to rovings.”

After confessing to Jude about taking a tiny piece of her space dyed roving ( and spinning it ) I received a slight dressing down, and then she agreed to try and replicate the same colours in some of the commercially spun alpaca fibre.

 hand spun wool - dyed by Jude

The end result of the furtive spinning of pilfered roving. A tiny piece of roving goes a long way.

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Judy, the master dyer at TAFE, at work.

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The alpaca yarn soaking in hot water.

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The first addition – black.

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The second addition – red.

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The third addition – yellow.

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Just a slight stir to meld the colours.

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Let it simmer gently until the water runs clear which means all the dye has been attached to the fibres.

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Almost the end result. It was decided that it needed a bit more oomph so it was returned to the pot with a little more black dye.

Still to take the photograph of the finished product.

1 comment:

T said...

What a great result, beautiful...