I found a braid of fibre, 80% Bluefaced Leicester /20% nylon and spun it up. There was only about 100 g of it. I was going to do a 3 ply yarn but decided that I really didn't like the colours enough to spend that much time spinning it. It's a nice yarn, just not my favourite colours. I am considering passing it on to a friend since really, I can't think of particular project I would use this for, except maybe a scarf. Really though, what kind of wear and tear would a scarf go through to need that percentage of nylon for durability?
But these colours are amazing! I love having such a wide range of colour possibilities for whatever project I have in mind. Natural dyes give one range of colours, acid dyes another and fibre reactive dyes yet another set of shades.
A few days after I dyed the above colours, which are wool yarns. I did a bit of an impromptu dyeing session. I took the dyes that had been mixed for dyeing protein fibres at 2% solution and added a urea solution to diluted the dyes to 1%. Then I fished out a remnant of white flax tow and some generic
acala cotton roving and did a bit of an experiment to see if I could dye with the leftovers. Pretty colours resulted from the effort. The pink cotton is a bit uneven. I pre-soaked the fibre for almost 2 hours but still it didn't totally open the fibre. If I could have scoured the fibre first, I think it would have been more even, but boiling the roving wasn't even a consideration that morning. I could have also tried adding a few drops of soap to the soak water.
|Acala cotton roving|