Last spring I came upon some posts showing how to have fun dyeing wool yarn with egg dyes. I knew we had to give it a try. So, I began collecting wool yarn and got most of it from a sewing reuse shop nearby. We had gobs of yarn and it was finally just the right time to try!
|The yarn has to be wool or another yarn made from animal hair.|
|We chose colors that were in the same vicinity on the color wheel. This color wheel exercise is from the Hearts and Trees Magazine. R11 remember it just for the occasion!|
|R11 enjoyed preparing the dyes.|
|First you soak the yarn in a water and vinegar solution and you have to make sure the yarn is saturated. (1/4 cup vinegar to a cup of water)|
|Mix dyes with a half cup of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.|
|We made the hank of yarn into a circle so the colors would not bleed across sides.|
|We used a pipette on the second bath (which turned out orange all over!), but pouring is much faster.|
|Dye poured on and ready to go… seemed faded and I wasn’t so sure.|
|Seal the top and cook the yarn in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes. Five was good for us. You know you are done when the water is clear in the pan. It really happened! Clear water was left behind.|
|If there is still dye in the solution, then let it cool some and cook it again. The solution really will be clear when it’s all done!|
|Hang the yarn out to dry and ball it when it’s all done.|
This was an extremely satisfying project and I’m happy to report we have probably 10 more skeins to dye! I also bought the grocery store out of egg dyeing kits yesterday! This is a great time of year to try out this sort of thing and it helps to soothe the spring fever in all of us. I also think it would be a lot of fun for Sewing Camp.
Embrace the fun of spring and try something new at your house!