I love to dye fiber. That being said, I believe that it is a very subjective process, so do not dye for customers. I am quite happy to process dyed fiber into various color blends, multiple-way rovings (2, 3, 4, 5, 6). The pictures are from a guild project called Stash Stew II. Members submitted clean fiber in lots of 8 ounces each. Once I sorted out the contributions, it seems reasonable to make giant rainbow batts.
If you send me already dyed fiber, please keep in mind:
- Fiber must be clean and grease free. If your fiber is still greasy when you start the dye process, you are dyeing lanolin, not the fiber. The first time it is washed, much of the dye will go right down the drain.
- Follow the directions for the brand of dye that you are using. They do a good job on those directions and you get really nice results that way (who knew?)
- Exhaust your dye bath and rinse very well. Dye left on the surface of the fiber will crock (fall off)…some during processing, some while spinning (onto your hands) and may even keep it up since it is harder to rinse once the fiber is yarn.
- For future washing (to set the yarn and wash finished projects) of dyed fiber, I make it a general policy to wash in lukewarm water with a mild detergent.