Transitional Dyeing

I love the effects possible with transitional wool…wool which has a variety of colours blending together, and I’ve been itching to add to my sadly depleted stash of this beautifaul and useful wool.

I started by again watching Gene Shepherd’s video on the subject to refresh my memory, then went ahead and did it using what materials etc. I had at hand. One of the best things about this method…is… it’s quick and easy, since it doesn’t require either dye, or presoaked wool.

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I gathered up a variety of pieces, both light and dark.( Akuma my seal point supervised). Gene uses only previously dyed wool, and I didn’t. I would prefer to, but my stash isn’t big enough. As a result, a few pieces would neither bleed, nor accept colour, and that is the result I must just accept (and try to remember not to use that wool next time) .

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The dry wool is layered in the pan, covering about half of each piece with the next one…..about 4 layers deep

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Gene then mixes synthrapol???  (which I don’t have) in cold water…so I used a few drops of dish detergent, covered the wool with this (just barely) and brought it to a boil for about 10 minutes. (covered with tin foil….no beautiful covered stainless pans in my dye kitchen….well actually no dye kitchen either)

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After the wool had accepted the dye to my satisfaction, I poured in vinegar and cold water (Gene uses citric acid crystals) then it is simmered a further 15 minutes, then rinsed in cold water.

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I got some very interesting colours. Some pieces are ‘accepters’ of dye, some are ‘donators’ and a few just went along for the bath. The bottom picture shows an original piece on the left, with 3 dyed pieces to the right.

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This is what it all looks like, now that it is dry. Yummy!

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