Last weekend, Purl Jammers met for a Hand Dyeing workshop hosted by Elizabeth and me. Not that we are dyeing experts but we do have some experience, a lot of enthusiasm, and most importantly, a microwave and all the fixings necessary for hand-painting Jacquard acid dyes.
Despite our lack of exact know-how, it was a very fun afternoon where we all got beautiful (although sometimes surprising) results and we learned a lot together.
Since there are already a lot of on-line resources on Jacquard acid dye, hand-painting techniques, and microwave heat setting, I won’t go into the technical details but if you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments and we’ll try to answer them.
For now, I offer you some of the lessons learned during our workshop:
1. If you see a free microwave, take it!
2. If your super-long self-striping skein gets into a tangle, it’s good to have a friend.
3. Unexpected dye behavior can yield great results.
4. Colors may change during the heat-setting.
5. Dress for success.
Many thanks to Krysten for teaching Elizabeth and I everything we know about hand-painted self-striping Jacquard acid dyeing and for gifting us her dye jars. Krysten truly is an expert and is planning to open an Etsy store to sell her hand-dyed yarn in the near future. When this happens, I’ll be sure to put a link to her store in the comments below (but only after I’ve already bought my share!).
Reported by Tracey, who wants to dye more already.