OK. So my first fiberman event – Dying – is done. However I don’t know… I’m not really thrilled with the results.
So I broke the 1lb of fiber down into 4 - 4 oz sections in order to make it easier to work with.
From there I used my usual dying technique of spreading out the fiber,
and painting with a turkey baister.
This has worked with yarn many times before so it should work with fiber now, right? My goal was bright, olive greens against rich deep chocolate browns. Because I wanted a lot of depth of shade I mixed the colors using primaries and secondaries. Even the brown – I have a dye called chestnut but instead I opted to mix green and red. This has worked out very well on yarn so I figured with fiber it would be the same theory.
I also wanted some white to show through so I left bits of white and dotted the other colors on top.
Then I put the whole mess in my ghetto steamer (foil over a pot), steamed it, and hung it outside to dye overnight. So far so good.
But this morning when I checked out the nearly dry fiber the result was… unexpected:
Instead of olive and brown I have acid green and burgundy.
I think what happened is that for some reason my colors split. So instead of staying the nice mixed brown the bright green and deep red each pulled out in their own direction. So part of the fiber was dyed with one color and part the other. This doesn’t happen so much with yarn. But in fiber?
Yeah. Not the look I was going for.
I’m a bit down about the whole thing. I’m not really happy with these colors but I don’t have any more fiber to dye. And to even have a prayer of a chance of finishing this in time I need to get my spin on tonight. What do you guys think? Should I just give up? Are these colors terrible?
I dunno. Perhaps not but again not what I was going for. My plan right now is to spin up some of it and see what it looks like and then decide from there. Ugh.