Lessons from Dyeing 101

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.

Dyes and Samples

Dedicated Microwave for Heat Setting

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.

Purl Jam Dye Workshop Results

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!

Never Turn Down a Free Microwave

2. If your super-long self-striping skein gets into a tangle, it’s good to have a friend.

Long Skeins Tangle Easily

3. Unexpected dye behavior can yield great results.

Unexpected Behavior

Great Results

4. Colors may change during the heat-setting.

Copper Gold became Fire Red

5. Dress for success.

Perfect Opportunity for a Tie Dye T-Shirt

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.


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5 Responses to Lessons from Dyeing 101

  1. Sarah says:

    So sad I couldn’t go to this!

  2. apocaknits says:

    Looks super fun and your yarn turned out amazing!

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  5. Steen says:

    Just found you guys and I so want to go to your next meeting! I’ve been wanting to learn how to spin & dye…

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