for beginning dyers (not including the ones in the previous post!)
1) learn a bit about the color theory and how things mix together. although we have a very different sense of color, deb menz’s book Color in Spinning is a good start.
2) play! very, very educational in the beginning.
3) if you start with kool aid, word to the wise, it takes a lot of kool aid to dye bright or rich colors, so buy a lot!
4) if you decide to keep dyeing, it will very soon be worth getting some acid dyes rather than kool aid.
5) buy (at minimum) red, blue, yellow, and black for your first dye set. if you want to follow deb’s advice, buy red-purple, red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, and blue-purple. and black.
6) shock your wool with caution… in other words wait until you’ve some experience. if you want to rinse your wool, rinse in water that is the same temperature as the wool. try not to plunge cold wool into hot water or vice versa. cuts down on the possibility of felting.
7) you can always over dye things you don’t like. or maybe… just maybe you’ll like them spun and/or knit up. who knows!
8) if it’s hard not to think of what you’re dyeing as precious, try dyeing on recycled sweater yarn first… or over dye stash yarn that has been sitting around a while.
9) when dyeing yarn, tie the skein in 4 or 5 places in a figure eight fashion. you really really don’t want that skein to get messed up.
10) have fun! what’s the worst that can happen?
p.s. next up! i’ll tell you how i dye.
p.p.s. enticed by lisa, i’m going to be at the great lakes fiber show this saturday… hoping to buy my first fleece(s). i’ll keep you posted and if you see me there, say hi!
p.p.p.s. anyone who wants to add other tips, feel free to in the comments!