Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
As promised, here are the results of the "Dyeing to Knit" indigo dyeing demo that we did on Thursday at the Beaver Area Memorial Library. The blue skein was made by dipping a natural colored white skein in the dyebath one time. The gorgeous green skein has a longer history. It was originally mordanted with tin and then dyed in a strong goldenrod flower dyebath last fall. We then overdyed the skein by dipping it once in the indigo dyebath. Many shades of green & teal can be acheived by overdyeing different shades and strengths of yellow & gold with indigo.
The brochure behind the yarn is the Wild Rose Farm 2008 Spring Newsletter. Several folks signed up for a copy of our 2009 SNL after the demo ..... get in touch or send a comment here if you'd like a copy of the newsletter this spring. It usually goes out in early May.
This next picture shows the indigo dyebath in the jar ready for use again. Note that the bath has returned to a yellow shade and that the blue "flower" is floating on top of the bath where it comes in contact with the air. After the "flower" is skimmed off, we're ready to enter another skein into the dyebath. The submerged skein of yarn will be yellow until it is carefully lifted out of the dyebath and the air hits the yarn. The dyebath is "rested" after the skeins are removed ...... this process of dipping continues until the dyebath is exhausted.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
"Dyeing to Knit" ....... was the name of the program tonight at the Beaver Area Memorial Library. Wild Rose Farm presented an indigo dyeing demonstration to a group of 21 members of the BAML Knitting Club, "Chicks with STIX", and other friends of the library. Thanks to everyone for coming!
We started off with a talk about our Rambouillet & Dorset sheep and the wool products that we produce from their fleeces. After discussing the 3 types of natural dyes; substantive, adjective, and vat dyes, we demonstrated indigo dyeing. The indigo vat dye makes a dramatic presentation! The white yarn goes into a greenish yellow dyebath ..... it emerges from the dyebath as a yellow color ..... and as the air (oxygen) hits it, the yarn turns blue right before your eyes. Tonight we got a nice deep blue from the the dyebath. We also put in a skein of gold yarn that had been dyed last fall with goldenrod after a tin pre-mordant preparation. The result was a fantastic olive green! I'll have to post pictures after the yarn is neutralized with a vinegar bath and washed.
Now that it's warming up, the natural dyeing will start again in earnest. We've got to get ready for the Waynesburg Sheep and Fiber Festival and the Wild Rose Farm Annual Spring Open House --- both are coming up in May!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
And another thing .... don't forget to clean out your bluebird boxes! We've already seen one bluebird around on a scouting mission. This box near the water tank always seems to attract a pair of bluebirds.
Monday, March 2, 2009
I've been waiting to see the results of the AI program on the Dorsets and it looks pretty good!
Hey ---- is that a Tunis in front of the Dorset ewes????