Dyeing and Blending

My friend Marja has been doing a lot of babysitting for Bug lately, as well as other all around general awesome helpful friend stuff, and I wanted to do something special for her. I had it in my head that I’d dye some locks from my CVM Romeldale fleece that I’d already washed. I thought that the gray would work well with greens and blues, as evidenced by some I’d given Corrie and her son had dyed. I decided to crampot dye them, and did so. Unfortunately, not much of the gray showed through, and the colors were quite saturated. The effect was not at all what I wanted. Not at all. I wasn’t pleased.

Then I pulled out the drum carder, flicked some of the locks, blended them with the undyed gray locks, and ended up with some beautiful batts.

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The above photo shows the batts, as well as flick carded and not yet flick carded locks, both dyed and undyed.

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Let’s take a closer look at those batts, shall we? This is 3 passes through the drum carder and they are just lovely. I have 3 complete, and one more on the carder. Then they will be ready to pass off to Marja next time I see her. They are extremely soft, lofty, bouncy, and beautiful and I intend to make some of my own. And then dye more locks and make more batts in different colors, because why stop at one?

3 thoughts on “Dyeing and Blending

  1. I LOVE them. The colors are just so right for me. And I am just so flattered by the kind and thoughtful gift! These batts will be so special to spin.

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