So I have been watching YouTube videos, reading tutorials online and consulting books and, without further ado.....I give you my first attempt!
Oh, and I apologize in advance for the crummy pictures. We have a dark kitchen and when you factor in a bad camera with my even worse photography skills......well you do the math.
First I gathered together all my supplies.
I used ProChem dyes because that's what I use to dye wool for my rug hooking and have it on hand. I also needed a glass measuring cup, vineger, plastic squeeze bottle and an old chopstick for stirring and poking things down. In addition, I needed old newspapers, plastic wrap, a colander, plastic glover and a big enamel pot.
First, I soaked the roving. I added a bit of Jet Dry to the water so the wool would absorb the water quickly.
I know, it looks like one of those Halloween party things where you have to stick your hands into a pan full of guts. Or maybe that's just the kind of Halloween parties I get asked to. Never mind.
While the wool was soaking I put newpaper over the kitchen counters and then plastic wrap over that. I put two long strips of plastic wrap down and then pinched them together to made a long seam in the middle. This will all become important later on in the process.
Next I gently took the wool from the pan and gently squeezed the water out. Gently, gently, gently. Handling the wool roughly will cause it to felt and we don't want that.
I laid out the wool folding it back and forth so it all fit on the saran wrap. Now for the fun part.....
Adding the color! I chose four colors: Evergreen, Teal, Plum and Bright Orange. Although it doesn't look like it in this picture, I added a toothpick tip of Brillant Blue to the Orange to tone it down a bit and make it a more of a rust color. I won't go into how I measured the dye and mixed it because I am learning some new ways to do that and will write about that in another post.
Anyway, I carefully poured the dye into the squeeze bottles, which I bought at Walmart in the section where they had the small kitchen items. Only 97 cents each!
Then I squeezed the dye on the roving in wide strips. Wearing plastic gloves, I made sure that I gently worked the dye into the fibers all the way through. Remember....gently....see above.
What comes next? I'll post that tomorrow!