dyeing questions

i’ve decided to open up the flood gates for dye questions because all i’m doing is dyeing anyhow… what questions do you have?

today’s porch
today's porch
it’s even more full now – corriedale, the remaining cvm, and recycled banana republic and old navy sweater

11 thoughts on “dyeing questions

  1. Hi there Cosy! I was wondering if you had any tips or hints for a complete newby to dyeing? I’m a relatively new knitter, and I’m really excited to learn both spinning and dyeing. We rent too, so that might hinder the dyeing pursuit, but any advice would be wonderful!
    Thanks so much :)

  2. I’m just curious how many crockpots you have! I dye on the stovetop and find it not exactly time consuming, but tedious I guess, since I can only do two at a time. I would love to dye in a bunch of crockpots, like six, at once…

  3. What are the best types of dyes to use if you are a complete beginner? Also, is there one resource on dyeing that you’d recommend to someone just starting out (book, website, etc.)?

  4. Sort of in line with April’s question, do you think about the final product when dyeing roving? I mean do you think about how the colors will blend when spun up, or do you just think about what colors look good together in general?

  5. Yay! My questions are mainly about safety. Do you dye in your kitchen or outdoors? And if you do work mainly outside, what do you do in the winter? Do you use powder dyes (if so, where do you mix them)? I am using food grade dyes right now, but I want to switch to acid dyes or some sort of “professional” grade dyes soon, however I am unsure about the safety of using them in my kitchen/ in the oven. The only outdoor area I can work on is my super-windy smallish fire-escape and I obviously don’t want to mix dye powder out there :)

  6. Honestly – I just want to know a good way to dye in pots on the stove. People point me to all kind of tutorials but they are all different. Do you have a favorite tutorial? I’ve been hand painting roving for a few months, but would like to try it on the stove.


  7. Most of the things I’ve seen online about dyeing talk about either acid dyes, Greener Shades dyes, kool-aid, food coloring, etc. But I’ve never heard mention of cold-water dyes, specifically Jacquard, which are primarily used for tie-dye. If I remember correctly, they can only be used on natural fibers and are colorfast. And seeing that heat + agitation = felting, could cold-water dyes be used for dying natural roving & yarn if one is just beginning and doesn’t want to risk ruining a batch?

    I’m mostly asking because i have a ton of cold-water dyes from my old art store job.


  8. I’m wondering how you decided what type of dye range to use? There are so many choices… Jacquard, Lanaset/Sabraset, Cushing, Pro-Chem, Country something-or-another. Is it OK to use colors from different lines withing one dye project? Also what is the difference b/t kettle dyeing and the hot pour method? Uff-da!

  9. Well, I have so many questions, and of course now when I have the opportunity I can’t think of any. Anyway, one question I have is what do you use to spread the dye (i.e. squirt bottles, cups, syringes). It looks like you’re more of a kettle dyer rather than handpainter so I would assume that your splashing dye all over the palce. I’m just curious about the vessel used to splash the dye (if that makes any sense).

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