Posts Tagged ‘cochineal’

Hand Painted Naturally Dyed Polwarth Roving

May 16, 2010

I’m trying to come up with a way to make that title shorter but still accurate, and it’s not working.  Oh, well.  Coming soon!  As soon as it cools down after steaming and I can wash/dry/take pictures of it.

It’s somewhat experimental – I’ve dyed fabric with this technique before, but not roving.  I spent most of the day yesterday boiling up the concentrated dye solutions, but they should last me through a  few batches.

As you can see, it was a nice sunny day so I was able to work outside.  Unfortunately, an important part of my brain forgot to think properly about that “sunny” part . . . and I wound up with a nice burn on my arm between the t-shirt and glove line.  Sexy.

New in the shop today is a pair of skeins of merino worsted weight 2-ply, dyed to match in cochineal and cochineal/iron.