20 February 2007

Happy "dyeing" dance and TAST

Oh, I´m so happy cause now I am "dyeing" my own yarn! It worked! Still can´t believe it.
The reason why it is sort of a fake dyeing is because I used silk paint. I had some bottles in the cellar from years ago when I did silkpainting. I wasn´t sure they would work at all after all these years, but they are like new. I found a tutorial for heat setting silk in the microwave and gave it a try. The first skein was a bit of a desaster, as the silk got too hot and burned in a few spots. I can still use some of it, but almost half is lost as it is tiny pieces with burned ends.
But the second one is absolutely perfect! I reduced the time in the microwave and spritzed with water every 30 seconds. I absolutely love these colours and thank god there are a few more bottles to use.
Doesn´t it look yummy?
It is so easy. The second skein was done in 5 minutes and it is almost dry already cause I ironed it a bit.
Now, as a novice to dyeing, is there a reason this is not a good idea to use up the silk paint? I guess that it is a quite expensive way of "dyeing", but as I already have those bottles, I can use them up as well, right?
Oh, I´m gonna try 2 more skeins tomorrow and then have to order some more yarn.
I´m so happy happy happy...

And here is the spice piece from yesterday turned into the TAST piece for Feather stitch.

11 comments:

Vicki W said...

How does microwave dyeing work? So you used silk dye on cotton fibers? that's good to know as I have some left over silk dyes too!

Pat said...

Your colours are goregeous. Will we see this yarn in a future TAST?

Pat said...

Sorry can't spell. Gorgeous!

MargaretR said...

Lovely dyeing experiment. I also love your feather stitch on the Spice sample.

Dianne said...

Love the dyed yarn! The feather stitch sample is lovely too.

Françoise said...

Great experiment. I'll have to try this with my old silk paints too.
Your TAST sample is lovely.

Purple Missus said...

What a brilliant outcome. Those threads look wonderful as does your TAST sample.

Amy said...

The yarn is yummy, where did you find the skeins ready to dye? I have done a bit of dying/painting on silk ribbon. I have been using Jacquard fabric paint and Dye-na-flow. Both are very easy to use and I just use and iron to heat set.

Emmy said...

ooooo i must try that it is so lovely

Gunnels blog said...

Oh, these yarns is so lovely! I can understand you are happy!

monattka said...

I have read in one book that silk paints can be used also on vegetable fibres such as cotton... I will try it. Btw, why did you use microwave? To speed up drying process?