paid in wool

Dear All,

I went to play the piano for some violin students last night and got paid in Alpacca - their violin teacher lives in Northumberland and has her own heard/flock/stash and, in return for my piano-playing skills, I came home with some lovely handspun alpacca.

It is cream...and I'm interested in dyeing it and I'm sure somebody out there will know all about it. I have a big garden with lots of plants in so it would be good to try a natural dye.

I noticed the interest in music for knitting a few weeks back. I'm a professional musician so if anyone's interested, send me a message and I'll send you a link to my website.

All the best


purlyman's picture

Sounds like a great bartering experience! Congrats on that. I've never dyed wool but I'm sure you'll hear from others. I know Crafy Andy had a few posts recently on it.


MMario's picture

Most natural dyes need at least a 1 to 1 ratio of dye material to fiber by weight; so you might want to take that into consideration. Ravelry has several good groups on natural dyes if you are on ravelry.

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YarnGuy716's picture

The Ravelry dyeing groups are your best sources for information and advice on dyeing fiber. Which ever method you do choose, be sure to follow the recommended safety precautions. That is the area I see most people being lapse in.

Crafty Andy's picture

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog Great Loot buddy, as the other guys suggested if you are in Ravelry look for those groups, Natural dyeing is good to follow the guidelines people have created for safety!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

By all means, follow any safety precautions recommended. Some of the mordants can be extremely dangerous if not used properly. Chromium comes to fact, I don't think it's even used anymore, even by the serious professionals. Still, hand dying with natural plants is a wonderful experience. I haven't done any for years and am nostalgic from the recent posts. Good trade, by the way. Have fun and lots of luck. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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