Thursday, 25 October 2012

Hand-dyed Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn

The new range of British Wool yarns are proving very popular with our customers - and our staff.  Jo, the Sales Manager at George Weil, couldn't resist taking home two hanks of the Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn to dye and then knit up.

Hand-dyed Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn
Jo used 'Cyan' H Dupont Classique Dye
Jo, like many of us, "can't do with all that faffing about" and decided to experiment with the pre-mixed liquid H Dupont Classique silk dyes.  The dyes have been formulated for use on protein fibres such as silk and wool and are set with steam when used for silk painting.
Here is Jo's recipe for (almost) instant results:
  1. Wet the yarn thoroughly and gently squeeze out excess water.
  2. Put on rubber gloves (essential!).
  3. Place in a microwaveable dish and sprinkle over with dye. 
  4. Gently squeeze the hanks to ensure the dyes has absorbed into the fibres.
  5. Cover the dish with cling film.
  6. Microwave on full power for 10 minutes. The cling film will inflate, trapping the steam which sets the dye.
  7. Remove from the microwave and allow to cool. 
  8. Not all of the dye will have bonded with the fibre and this excess can be rinsed away in warm water.  Repeat this until the water is clear.
Visit the George Weil website to see the choice of H Dupont Classique dye colours and the range of undyed British Wool yarns.

Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn
Undyed Bluefaced Leicester Roving Yarn - ideal for dyeing, knitting and then felting

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