I went into the Dragon’s Lair this weekend and had so. much. fun. Kate Chiocchio of Dragonfly Fibers and her able assitant Nancye hosted a dye workshop on Saturday and Enabler Marsha and I got to go play. Turns out that alchemy is definitely part of the process and that what you have in your head is not necessarily what you get, unless you are Kate, of course!
My classmates were creative and interesting as you can see from the final results:
First up we dyed a relatively simple semi-solid. The semi part is created with citric acid, which causes the dye to take more in the parts that it touches than in the untouched parts. (I think I have that right) Here is my raspberry skein of Traveller (we got to choose yarn or fiber and from several types of each!)
The second method was painting. I did this years ago in a workshop with Dalis Davidson of Dancing Leaf Farm and it is fun. I think it is the easiest because you have so much control. Although my skein could be named Stoplight–subtle it ain’t! But I couldn’t wait to wind it and swatch to see what it would look like knit up. What do you think?
Ahem, I don’t think I’ll quit my day job.
The final method we were introduced to was the one Kate says she uses the most. It is a kind of hybrid in which the yarn is submerged into the pots and dye is added in spot and/or layers. You can start with a light base color and then add others or you can just add several colors in different places. The process looks like this:
For a color lover like me this was a great adventure. I have a new found respect for indie dyers who put in the time and effort to master this art!