Tools of the Trade
Decided to spend an afternoon in the Studio today, partly to escape a room full of blokes who had taken over my lounge to watch the rugby! (It’s OK, I did know them!).
I use a range of techniques to dye – handpainting, dip dying, speckle dying – but my overall favourite has to be kettle dying. Essentially, the dye is applied to the yarn whilst in water a pot and then heated until the dye sets and the water runs clear. My portable induction hob and fish kettle get a lot of use.
Here is a pic from this afternoon, showing the colourway “Fireworks” in progress. Skeins are partially pre-dyed with a deep black, and then dyed a second time with bright colours to fill in the blanks. Love it!